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Australian cyclist Michael Rogers receives bronze medal

1 September 2015

CYCLING: Australian cyclist Michael Rogers has been presented with his Olympic bronze medal from the men’s individual time trial from the 2004 Athens Olympics…. 11 years after the event.

The President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), John Coates, presented the medal to Rogers in a special ceremony at IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“I was the Chef de Mission at three of the four Olympic Games that Michael participated in for Australia, so I am very proud,” said AOC President Coates.

“Michael raced in every Olympic competition from 2000 to 2012 … and was the world champion in the time trial in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He is a great credit to Australia and a great credit to the sport of cycling.”

Rogers initially finished 4th in the event but was elevated to 3rd after the winner, American Tyler Hamilton, was stripped of the gold medal after admitting to doping.

After Hamilton’s disgrace the AOC and the Russian Olympic Committee appealed to the IOC for the gold medallist to be wiped from the record books and the medals re-allocated to their respective athletes.

Rogers, who resides in Switzerland said “it was certainly a special moment when I awoke and read the news that I was receiving the medal. I am honoured to receive the medal from Mr Coates”.

“What a great honour. When I reminisce about that day 11 years ago in Athens, my first reaction is that of a smile. This bronze medal gives me great satisfaction and adds something tangible to my great memories.”

Members of Rogers’ family attended the ceremony along with representatives of the International Cycling Federation and Olympic dignitaries.

Mike Tancred and IOC media
olympics.com.au

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