Goucher: 'It's been a crazy, crazy 24 hours'
Still immersed in the ongoing Alberto Salazar saga, Kara Goucher was ready for some good news. And, more and more, it's looking like the two-time Olympian is destined for some positive, silver-tinged vibes. Turkish Athletics on Thursday confirmed...
Still immersed in the ongoing Alberto Salazar saga, Kara Goucher was ready for some good news.
And, more and more, it’s looking like the two-time Olympian is destined for some positive, silver-tinged vibes. Turkish Athletics on Thursday confirmed that Elvan Abeylegesse’s samples from the 2007 world championships in Osaka, Japan, recently retested, indicate she was doping when she won a silver medal in the 10,000 meters, one spot ahead of Goucher.
The International Association of Athletics Federation has vowed to retroactively suspend 28 athletes from the 2005 and ’07 world championships whose retested samples returned “adverse findings.” Abeylegesse, then, could be stripped of her silver.
Goucher gladly will take it.
“It’s been a crazy, crazy 24 hours,” Goucher said Thursday on Dan Barreiro’s KFAN radio program, which was broadcasting from the Grill Wars at Bayfront Festival Park. “It has been a very difficult couple of months, so the news (Wednesday) couldn’t have come at a better time.”
Abeylegesse denies the positive test, according to an SI.com story.
If it’s upheld, Goucher’s finish goes from third to second eight years after the fact.
“At the end of the day, you get your rightful position,” she told Barreiro. “Even eight years later, 10 years later, you can still get busted.”
Goucher, 37, would relinquish her bronze medal to Jo Pavey, who finished fourth in the 10,000.
“At least I got to stand on the podium,” Goucher said Thursday. “Jo Pavey never got to stand on the podium.”
The IAAF in April retested samples from the world championships in 2005 and 2007. Abeylegesse is the first one from a list of 28 wrongdoers to have her name leaked, but the others “are expected to be revealed in the coming days,” according to SI.com.
Goucher’s candid conversation with Barreiro didn’t focus solely on the silver medal. When asked why she’s been so outspoken against her one-time coach, Salazar, who is widely accused of helping some of his athletes obtain and abuse performance-enhancing drugs, she said: “It got to the point that I couldn’t turn a blind eye. … I just felt like the time had come. I needed to unburden myself.”
Goucher, fully healthy, also said she’s “definitely” pursuing next year’s Summer Olympics.