Golden day confirmed for champion Sharp

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TRACK star Lynsey Sharp has been officially crowned European champion after a rival was exposed as a drugs cheat.

The 800m runner from Edinburgh saw her silver medal from Helsinki last year formally upgraded to gold after finishing second behind Russia’s Yelena Arzhakova in the European Championships final.

Arzhakova has now been banned from racing for two years and the records amended to show the Scottish runner as the winner.

Sharp, 22, posted a link to the governing body’s revised timesheet on her Twitter account 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 have previously discussed plans to make a medal presentation to Sharp during a home meeting this summer.