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Irish race walker receives 2012 Olympic bronze medal in city hall

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An Olympic medal was awarded at Cork City Hall in Ireland on Thursday night.

Irishman Rob Heffernan received his four-years-overdue bronze from the London 2012 Olympic 50km race walk. The ceremony included bagpipes music, the Olympic Hymn and the Irish national anthem.

“Maybe down the road when I have the medal, I’ll think it would have been great to get it in London, but to get it in Cork will be very special,” Heffernan, a Cork native, said before the event, according to the Irish Independent.

Heffernan originally finished fourth in the London Olympic 50km race walk.

He was upgraded to third after first-place finisher Sergei Kirdyapkin of Russia was disqualified for doping earlier this year.

Heffernan went on to win the 2013 World title outright, but he called his Olympic medal ceremony on Thursday better than his golden moment in Moscow three years ago.

Heffernan also came out with an autobiography, “Walking Tall,” on Thursday.

The 38-year-old finished sixth in Rio.

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After accident, Olympian Jamie Nieto walks at his wedding

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After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.

Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.

Images courtesy of Ramon Galindo/NBC San Diego

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Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocates shoulder in Poland (video)

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Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.

Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.

“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.

Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.

Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.

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