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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