The Belgian 2008 women’s Olympic 4×100 relay team was officially handed its gold medals on Friday _ eight years after crossing the line at the Beijing Games in second place behind Russia.
The team moved up to gold this year after a Russian runner was caught doping in a retest.
In a stirring ceremony before some 40,000 fans attending the Van Damme Memorial meet, the four runners were finally handed their new medals by former IOC President Jacques Rogge, who was still in office at the Beijing Games.
Kim Gevaert, Elodie Ouedraogo, Hanna Marien and Olivia Borlee were all dressed in fitting golden tops as they received the biggest prize of their careers. Only Borlee is still an active athlete.