Japan’s relay squad celebrate reallocated silver in front of joyous home crowd
Japan’s 4x100m relay squad made history when they won their country’s first men’s Olympic medal on the track with bronze at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, but it was not until 2019 that they were able to take their rightful place on the second step of the podium and celebrate with a home crowd.
The quartet’s joy was unconfined in 2008, but nine years later it emerged that Nesta Carter, a member of the Jamaican gold medal-winning team, had tested positive for a banned substance when samples from Beijing were reanalysed, and Japan were moved up to second behind Trinidad & Tobago.
Naoki Tsukahara, Shingo Suetsugu, Shinji Takahira and Nobuharu Asahara received their reallocated medals at a ceremony at the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama in May 2019.
It also marked an opportunity for clean athletes to be recognised, with the quartet saying: “Even though 11 years have passed, we still want to make it right.”
The International Olympic Committee introduced the Olympic Medal Reallocation Ceremony in May 2018 to award clean athletes with their rightful medal following the disqualification of athletes who have doped.
Clean athletes who have received reallocated medals are the subject of Take The Podium, a six-episode series on the Olympic Channel.
As well as showing the medal reallocation ceremonies, the series will also feature athletes sharing the impact the process has had on their lives after they were denied their special moment on the podium.