It took six-and-a-half years, but Canadian shot put record holder Dylan Armstrong from Kamloops finally got what he deserved.

On Sunday, in front of over 700 fans at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops, the 34-year-old Arm-strong was presented with the bronze medal from his event at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Back on Day 7 of the Beijing Games, Armstrong missed out on a podium finish by less than one centimetre, throwing a Canadian-record 21.04 metres in the shot put to finish fourth overall.

But last year, Andrei Mikhnevich from Belarus, who won the bronze medal in China, was issued a lifetime ban from competition for a doping violation dating back to 2006 — his second offence. As a result of the ban, all of Mikhnevich’s medals and results from 2006 until his retirement in 2013 were wiped out.

Armstrong shares the moment with various dignitaries, including CBC sports commentator Scott Oakes (far left), four-time Olympic gold medallist Hayley Wickenheiser (second from left), Olympic gold medallist (for Russia) and Armstrong’s coach Anitoliy ‘Dr. B’ Bondarchuk (sixth from left), and Canadian Olympic gold-medallist Nancy Green-Raine (third from right).   Ian Webster/Herald

Armstrong shares the moment with various dignitaries, including CBC sports commentator Scott Oakes (far left), four-time Olympic gold medallist Hayley Wickenheiser (second from left), Olympic gold medallist (for Russia) and Armstrong’s coach Anitoliy ‘Dr. B’ Bondarchuk (sixth from left), and Canadian Olympic gold-medallist Nancy Green-Raine (third from right).
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“Thank you to the IOC, the COC and the IAAF for getting this medal back to Canada where it really belongs,” Armstrong said to the raucous crowd of supporters at the TCC on Sunday. “It’s very overwhelming with the people that came out and supported me today.”

As friends, family and fans chanted his name, four-time Canadian Olympic gold-medallist Hayley Wickenheiser officially placed the bronze medal around the six-foot four-inch, 304-pound Armstrong’s neck.

The Kamloops athlete is recovering from recent elbow surgery, but hopes to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Armstrong with former teammate Gary Reed (a two-time Canadian Olympian who grew up in Merritt), Reed’s wife Caitlin and daughters Anna (left) and Sophie. Ian Webster/Herald

Armstrong with former teammate Gary Reed (a two-time Canadian Olympian who grew up in Merritt), Reed’s wife Caitlin and daughters Anna (left) and Sophie.
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