John Coates awards Michael Rogers with his bronze medal ©AOC

Australian cyclist Michael Rogers has been presented with a bronze medal from the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens at a ceremony at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne. 

The 35-year-old received his medal for the men's individual time trial more than 11 years after the event took place after being promoted to the podium following American Tyler Hamilton's disqualification.

Hamilton, who won the gold in Athens, was stripped of his medal by the IOC in 2012 after he admitted doping.

Russian rider Viatcheslav Ekimov instead took gold with American Bobby Julich taking silver.

IOC vice-president and President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) John Coates awarded the medal to Rogers with IOC President Thomas Bach and International Cycling Union (UCI) President Brian Cookson also in attendance.
Michael Rogers was awarded a bronze medal from Athens 2004 in Lausanne
Michael Rogers was awarded a bronze medal from Athens 2004 in Lausanne ©AOC

"What a great honour," said Rogers, who recorded a time of 58:01.67sec in the time trial.

"When I reminisce about that day 11 years ago in Athens, my first reaction is that of a smile.

"This bronze medal gives me great satisfaction and adds something tangible to my great memories.”

Coates added: "Michael raced in every Olympic competition from 2000 to 2012 and was the world champion in the time trial in 2003, 2004, and 2005.

"He is a great credit to Australia and a great credit to the sport of cycling.”

In 2013, Rogers failed a drugs test himself after testing positive for banned steroid clenbuterol at the Japan Cup.

However, the UCI cleared him of any wrongdoing after it was ruled the substance came from contaminated meat he had eaten.

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