According to the Canadian Press, Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, British Columbia has won the bronze medal in the men's shot put from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. On Thursday it was officially announced by the Canadian Olympic Committee in a media conference call that Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus had been stripped of his bronze medal from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing because of a doping offense. In 2013, Mikhnevich received a lifetime ban by the Belarus Athletics Federation for offenses dating back to 2001.
By winning the bronze medal, Canada has now won 19 medals from the 2008 Olympic Games--three gold medals, nine silver medals and seven bronze medals. Canada also passed Spain and Belarus into 13th in the overall medal standings. Armstrong's throw was 21.04 metres. Tomasz Majewski of Poland won the gold medal with a throw of 21.51 metres and Christian Cantwell of the United States won the silver medal with a throw of 21.09 metres.
This is the first time in Olympic history that a Canadian has won a medal in the sport of shot put at the Olympic Games. Shot put has been at every Olympic Games for men dating back to the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens and at every Olympic Games for women since the 1948 Olympic Games in London.
At the present time Armstrong has every intention of participating at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. However he is currently nursing an elbow injury that forced him to miss the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. He does plan however to participate at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
This is not the first time a Canadian Olympian received a better Olympic result after finishing competition. Armstrong is joined by synchronized swimmer Sylvie Frechette, cross country skier Becky Scott and pairs figure skaters David Pelletier and Jamie Sale.
It is not known when Armstrong will receive his medal. It is expected that when the medal presentation takes place it will occur in Kamloops.