Athletics - Sharp set to be handed European gold

She might not have hit the track yet this year but Lynsey Sharp is celebrating a great start to 2014 after learning that she is set to be presented with her 2012 European Championship 800m gold medal.

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Lynsey Sharp of Britain reacts after taking second place at the women's 800 metres final at the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki (Reuters)

Last year Sharp's performance at the Europeans was promoted from silver to gold after Russia's Yelena Arzhakova was banned for two years for a doping offence.

Arzhakova's ban also means that Sharp, who reached the 800m semi-finals at London 2012, has also gone from bronze to silver position in the 800m at the 2011 European Under-23 Championships.

The 23-year-old Scot will be handed her European gold on home soil at this weekend's Glasgow International Match – something she insists she will never forget.

"When I was first told about my upgrade, my reaction to the news was a mixture of disappointment, satisfaction and elation," she said.

"I was disappointed that another athlete has been discovered breaking the rules and that I was denied the chance to hear my national anthem played in the stadium. But I’m pleased that the system is working, that the athlete in question has been caught.

"It will be a very special moment for me, my family and my support team when I'm presented with my European medal at the Glasgow International Match.

"It will be made even more special that I will be receiving it on home soil, in front of a home crowd.

"It's a great way to start 2014 and with my injury rehab going well, I'm aiming to be fully fit for the Commonwealth Games in July and to defend my European title in Zurich."

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