In a press release issued Monday, USports, the governing body for university athletics in Canada, announced that Lions record holder Michael Robertson and his Canadian 4×400 metre relay teammates had been upgraded to gold from silver. The move follows a doping infraction by a member of the Russian team, who were originally declared the victors in a time of three minutes 3.70 seconds.
Robertson, who was a late addition to the team back in 2013, teamed up with Benjamin Ayesu-Attah, Tyler Harper, and Brendon Rodney to finish in a now winning time of three minutes 5.26 seconds. The performance ranks third best in Canadian history according the Athletics Canada website.
“U SPORTS celebrates the efforts of these five student-athletes,” said U SPORTS President and CEO Graham Brown. “We congratulate them on their success at the 2013 FISU Summer Games and applaud FISU for its rigorous anti-doping efforts.”
It has not yet been announced when Robertson and his teammates will receive their gold medals.