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Olympics: Raelene Boyle calls for reassessment of dope-tainted golds

Guardian Olympics News 04 May 2019 07:11
Olympian Raelene Boyle speaks during the Australian Olympic Committee agm in Sydney. Photograph: Hanna Lassen/Getty Images

Australian Sports Hall of Fame sprinter Raelene Boyle called on Saturday for a reassessment of Olympic medals won by East German athletes in the decades when the country was operating a systematic state-sponsored doping program.

Boyle won three silver medals behind Eastern Bloc athletes over two Olympics, the last two coming in the 100 and 200 metres at the 1972 Munich Games when she was beaten by East German Renate Stecher.

It was not the first time Boyle had called for redress in the years since she saw first-hand in East German secret service files the evidence that Stecher was doping when she won her two gold medals.


The 67-year-old took advantage of the presence of International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach at the presentation of her Australian Olympic Committee order of merit award to issue a renewed plea.

“There’s a lot of people out there who really deserve medals they didn’t get, and we have a lot in this country,” she said in her acceptance speech at the AOC’s annual general meeting.

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