Doping sanctions saw Lithuania's Athens 2004 silver medallist promoted from fifth to third.

Austra Skujyte has finally received her heptathlon bronze medal from London 2012.

Skujyte, who retired from athletics last year, was honoured at the Lithuanian Sports Awards in the capital Vilnius.

Prime minister Saulius Skvernelis and Lithuanian Olympic Committee president Daina Gudzineviciute presented her with her medal.

Austra Skujyte finally receives her heptathlon bronze medal from London 2012
Austra Skujyte finally receives her heptathlon bronze medal from London 2012Austra Skujyte finally receives her heptathlon bronze medal from London 2012

London letdown

Skujyte, a graduate from Kansas State University, won silver at Athens 2004 behind Carolina Kluft and was fancied to win another medal in Beijing.

But she was eliminated for three fouls in the long jump at the start of day two.

Four years later, at London 2012, she produced the performance of her life.

Austra Skujyte's long road to London 2012 bronze

Austra Skujyte's long road to London 2012 bronze

On the opening day, she was the only woman to go clear at 1.92m in the high jump for a new personal best.

And in the very next event, the shot put, she set a new world heptathlon best of 17.31m to go into the lead.

That record stands to this day.

She went into the final discipline, the 800 metres, in second place.

While home favourite Jess Ennis was not for catching, something close to Skujyte's personal best would have seen her claim her second Olympic medal.

But she toiled badly, finishing some 10 seconds off the pace and slipping into fifth place.

Germany's Lilli Schwarzkopf was disqualified for a lane infringement, but quickly reinstated to second place with Tatyana Chernova of Russia taking bronze ahead of Ukraine's Lyudmyla Yosypenko.

Despite setting a new personal best, Skujyte admitted that her overwhelming feeling was one of disappointment.

Austra Skujyte speaks to the media after receiving her London 2012 bronze medal
Austra Skujyte speaks to the media after receiving her London 2012 bronze medalAustra Skujyte speaks to the media after receiving her London 2012 bronze medal

"There were two years of sadness when I could not even talk about the London Olympics" - Austra Skujyte

Skuyjte barely competed in those two years and struggled on her return to full-time action in 2015.

She was in sixth place going into the 800m at the 2016 European Championships, but pulled a hamstring inside the first 200 metres.

Overdue recognition

In 2013, Yosypenko was banned for four years for irregularities in her biological passport and stripped of fourth place.

That same year, Chernova's retested sample from the 2009 World Championships produced a positive result and she was banned for two years with her results from the two years before the 2011 World Championships, which she won, annulled.

But the IAAF appealed that decision in April 2015, citing the "selective disqualification of results" and evidence that the offence warranted a suspension longer than two years.

In November 2016, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled in the IAAF's favour and banned Chernova from February 2016.

CAS also extended the period of her disqualified results by two years up to August 2013, seeing her stripped of her 2011 world gold and London 2012 bronze.

With Yosypenko also sanctioned, the 2012 Olympic bronze went to Skuyjte who collected the medal 14 months after retiring from athletics in October 2017.

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