Hannah Macleod’s medal recovered

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Hallelujah! British field hockey star Hannah Macleod’s stolen bronze was anonymously returned (via mail) Friday after being pilfered from a London Night Club early Wednesday morning.

Her medal, as well as that of men’s eight rower Alex Partridge, was stolen while Team GB was dancing the night away following a reception with the queen and Princess Kate at Buckingham Palace.

Macleod, who called the event “simply shattering” posted a picture on Twitter of the likely criminal from the Mahiki night club’s security footage, asking “Does anyone know this man?”

Apparently whomever had the medal was scared by the more than 17,000 retweets, as well as the publicity of the last few days, as the medal was mailed to the England Hockey head office in Buckinghamshire, arriving Friday.

Police, who arrested and released a 31-year-old man in connection to the crime, are holding on to the medal as part of the investigation into the thefts, but said Macleod and her prize will be reunited shortly.

London Police want to stress that while the return of Macleod’s medal is joyous news, Partridge’s medal remains missin. His Olympic blazer was returned to police Thursday, sans bronze, which was being kept in a special pocket sewn specifically for holding the medals of the U.K. athletes.

“We are still looking to recover the second medal, and we stress that our inquiries remain active,” chief inspector James Harman told reporters. “Alex’s medal has yet to be traced, and he is understandably keen to be reunited with it as soon as possible.”

Watch Real Sports trailer on Peter Norman of 1968 Olympic podium protest

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HBO’s “Real Sports” will profile Australian 1968 Olympic 200m silver medalist Peter Norman in an episode premiering Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.

Norman finished between Tommie Smith and John Carlos in the 200m final at the Mexico City Games.

Largely forgotten, Norman’s story is chronicled by “Real Sports,” with the help of Smith and Carlos.

Norman died of a heart attack in 2006, and Smith and Carlos flew to Australia to serve as pallbearers and deliver eulogies at his funeral.

Smith and Carlos reflected on the role Norman played in their famous raised-fists podium gesture in this transcript from “Real Sports:”

Tommie Smith: “I had my gloves. And there was some discussion in the tunnel between John and myself.”

John Carlos: “Peter was there and he was kinda curious as to what we were doing, what we were talking about. And I turned to Peter and I asked him. I said, ‘Peter,’ I said, ‘Do you believe in human rights?’”

Real Sports: “You said– you expected to see fear in his eyes. Instead–”

John Carlos: “I didn’t see nothing but love, man. He looked at me and he smiled. He said, ‘Of course.’ And I said to him, I said, ‘Would you like to wear Olympic Project for Human Rights button?’ And he said, ‘Yeah.’ And he started reaching for mine. And I pat him on his hand. I said, ‘Whoa, you can’t have this. But I’ll get you one.’”

Real Sports: “He didn’t hesitate?”

John Carlos: “Mr. Norman never flinched.”

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Russian wrestler who died in 2013 not stripped of 2012 Olympic medal in doping probe

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:  Silver medalist Besik Kudukhov of Russia, Gold medalist Toghrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan, Bronze medalist Coleman Scott of the United States, and Bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt of India in the Men's Freestyle 60 kg Wrestling on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says the International Olympic Committee has dropped an investigation into a deceased wrestler who allegedly tested positive for a banned steroid when an old sample was retested.

Besik Kudukhov won the silver medal in the men’s freestyle 60-kilogram class at the 2012 Olympics and died the following year in a car crash.

The Russian Wrestling Federation says in a statement his sample from the 2012 Games was retested this year and found to be positive for the steroid turinabol. The case was passed to an IOC disciplinary commission, which ended its investigation last week with no action taken, the federation says.

The IOC, which has not acknowledged any positive test by Kudukhov, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Kudukhov also won bronze at the 2008 Olympics.

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