Better Late Than Never: Jamaica DQ Gets Brazil Olympic Medal
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Bruno de Barros is on the verge of finally getting an Olympic medal.
It will be more than eight years late arriving, and it's bronze — not gold or silver. None of this matters one bit to the Brazilian.
Jamaica was stripped of its gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing earlier this week when one runner — Nesta Carter — was found guilty of doping. That moved Brazil up to bronze.
Barros says "It's a great sense of happiness, despite the time lapse, which isn't really important. The feeling of being an Olympic medalist is the same."
The Brazilian women's 4x100 team also was promoted to bronze after winner Russia was disqualified in August in a retesting of doping samples from the Beijing Olympics.