Lynsey Sharp officially crowned European 800m champion

Lynsey Sharp

Lynsey Sharp is officially a European champion after the 800m silver medal she won in Helsinki last year was formally upgraded to a gold.

The 22-year-old Briton finished second behind Russia's Yelena Arzhakova in the European Championship final.

But her rival, 23, was subsequently banned for two years for doping.

European Athletics has now amended its records to show the Scottish runner as the winner, with Arzhakova listed as disqualified.

Sharp posted a link to the governing body's revised timesheet on her Twitter accountexternal-link and wrote: "It's official now, the results have been changed!

"Eventually I can change my Twitter bio. Feels good."

Sharp's Twitter biography now reads: "Athlete. European champion and Olympic semi-finalist."

UK Athletics has previously discussed plans to make a medal presentation to Sharp at a home meeting this summer.

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