September 01, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The IOC says Australian cyclist Michael Rogers has received his Olympic bronze medal 11 years after the Athens Games.

Rogers placed fourth behind winner Tyler Hamilton of the United States, who was stripped of the gold in 2012 for doping.

Three-time world champion Rogers says the medal ''adds something tangible to my great memories.''

Hamilton admitted in 2011 to doping throughout his career. He was a key witness in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency case against Lance Armstrong's teams.

The redistributed Athens gold medal went to Viatcheslav Ekimov of Russia, a long-time Armstrong teammate at U.S. Postal.

American Bobby Julich, who took silver, admitted to doping after USADA published its verdict.

Rogers was previously a client of Italian doctor Michele Ferrari, who was banned for life by USADA, but has always denied doping.

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