SWIMMER Joshua Hall will finally receive the silver medal which eluded him during the Southeast Asian Games two years ago.
The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) already got hold of the medal which Hall deserves after Indra Gunawan of Indonesia was stripped of his runner-up honor in the 100m breaststroke in Myanmar after being found guilty of doping violations.
“Nakuha na natin ‘yung silver medal sa 100m breaststroke na maibibigay ngayon kay Joshua Hall,” said POC chairman Tom Carrasco on Thursday.
The medal upgrade two years later comes just a month after Hall also won a silver medal in the 50m breaststroke and a bronze in the 100m breaststroke of the recent edition of the SEA Games in Singapore.
FINA slapped a two-year ban on Gunawan for using a banned substance methylhexaneamine during the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games held in Incheon in 2013.
Following the suspension, the Indonesian swimmer was able to compete in this year’s SEA Games where he won the 50m breaststroke gold medal over Hall by .05 of a second, while also winning a silver medal in the 4x100m medley relay for Indonesia.
Carrasco said it is now the responsibility of the POC to give the bronze medal which Hall won in Myanmar to a Thai swimmer who finished fourth in the race.