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Despair for Garston’s Kyle Langford as medal hopes dashed

 Published on: 8th December 2018   |   By: Tim Green   |   Category: Uncategorized

Garston middle-distance runner Kyle Langford has hit out after it was confirmed he will not be receiving a bronze medal.

Last month, the Athletics Integrity Unit confirmed that Langford, who finished just 0.04 seconds behind Kenyan athlete Kipyegon Bett in the 800m at the IAAF World Championships in London, will not be receiving a bronze medal even though Bett will now be suspended for four years.

Bett who finished third, failed a drugs test for EPO back in February 2018. 

Langford vented his frustration on his Instagram account.

He wrote: “What now feels unlucky I was 4th, the moment of a global medal at a home championships stolen.  A chance to be the only individual medalist with my inspiration @gomofarah in front of my home crowd And not to mention the financial losses that would have made a massive difference to my life. I feel let down by the sports governing body. 

“But I have a great team around me, great family, great girlfriend and amazing coaches! There’s going to be more medals a better material than this one.”

Bett has the right to appeal the ban, which is to run from August 15, 2018 through to August 14, 2022.

The AIU said Bett did not respond to numerous communications about a hearing on his case but the Kenyan sent an email claiming he had never used EPO.

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