Source: China State Council Information Office
The International Olympic Committee announced Thursday that Team China is the bronze winner of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic men’s 4X100m relay race. There are six ways for the Chinese team to receive this late medal.
According to the steps for re-issuing Olympic medals by the IOC, after the official announcement of the IOC, the athletes who have won the medals will receive a notification from the Olympic Committee of their country (region), and then may choose the method of collection.
Chinese quartet of Su Bingtian, Xie Zhenye, Tang Xingqiang and Wu Zhiqiang have been recognized as Olympic bronze medalists after member of British relay team Chijindu Ujah was stripped of his Olympic medal for doping.
The Chinese team finished fourth after clocking a national record of 37.79 seconds in the 4x100m relay final at the Tokyo Games on Aug 6, narrowly missing out on the podium initially dominated by the gold-winning Italian team, runner-up Great Britain and third-place winner Canada.
However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport issued a ruling on Feb 18 that Team Great Britain had been stripped of its silver medal after a hearing found that the team’s first-leg runner, Chijindu Ujah, had violated anti-doping regulations. This resulted in the upgrade of Canada and China to silver and bronze medals, respectively.
It was the first Olympic medal won by China in a relay event and the second overall in a sprint event after retired track star Liu Xiang’s gold medal finish in the men’s 110m hurdles at the 2004 Games in Athens.
The bronze will increase the Chinese delegation’s medal tally from the Tokyo Games to 89-38 gold medals, 32 silver and 19 bronze.