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Sharp to get Euro medal

European 800-metre champion Lynsey Sharp will finally receive her gold medal on Saturday.

Sharp was promoted from silver to gold for the 2012 finals last year after Russian Yelena Arzhakova was banned for two years for a doping offence, but she has faced a long struggle to get her new medal.

But the Scot will be handed her award in front of a home crowd at the Sainsbury's Glasgow International Match at the Emirates Arena.

The Edinburgh athlete said: "When I was first told about my upgrade, my reaction to the news was a mixture of disappointment, satisfaction and elation.

"I was disappointed that another athlete has been discovered breaking the rules and that I was denied the chance to hear my national anthem played in the stadium. But I'm pleased that the system is working, that the athlete in question has been caught.

"It will be a very special moment for me, my family and my support team when I'm presented with my European medal at the Sainsbury's Glasgow International Match. It will be made even more special that I will be receiving it on home soil, in front of a home crowd."

Sharp, who has been training in South Africa after recovering from surgery on a foot injury, added: "It's a great way to start 2014 and with my injury rehab going well, I'm aiming to be fully fit for the Commonwealth Games in July and to defend my European title in Zurich."