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Rogers to get Athens Games bronze medal
20:44 AEST Thu Aug 9 2012

Eight years after his ride, Australian cyclist Michael Rogers will finally become an Olympic medallist.

The International Committee Board is to meet on Friday to reassign the 2004 Athens Games road race time trial medals in the wake of American gold medallist Tyler Hamilton's doping admissions last year, Associated Press reports.

The matter has become urgent because there is an eight-year statute of limitations for the International Olympic Committee to officially change placings that expires this month.

The gold will now go to retired Russian rider Viatcheslav Ekimov. American Bobby Julich will be moved up from bronze to silver, and Rogers goes from fourth to bronze.

Delayed honours are not new for Rogers. He was promoted into one of his three time trial world championship titles in 2003 when Britain's David Millar was stripped of the title for doping.

But he's keen to get the medal he earned.

"I haven't pushed it, but ultimately I would like that medal," Rogers told AAP last week.

Julich now works at the British Sky team, where Rogers is one of the key riders.

"I'm always asking him to give me my medal," Rogers said.

"He tells me he won't give it to me until he gets his silver."

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