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IOC awards Shalane Flanagan of U.S. 2008 silver for 10,000

American four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan has been awarded a silver medal, upgraded from bronze, for the 10,000 meters in the 2008 Summer Games.

The change comes six months after second-place finisher Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey was disqualified.

Abeylegesse was stripped of the silver after she tested positive in March for a banned substance in a retest of a sample she gave at the 2007 IAAF World Championships.

Flanagan, a native of Marblehead, Massachusetts, finished sixth in the 2016 Olympic marathon in Rio de Janeiro last summer. She posted the fastest time ever for an American woman at the Boston Marathon in 2014.

The International Olympic Committee notified the USOC and USA Track & Field that they were upgrading Flanagan to silver. She received the medal at her home Monday in Portland, Oregon, Team USA said in a news release.

"Receiving my proper medal and having the record books changed is a dream come true," Flanagan said in a statement. "I greatly appreciate the USOC's efforts to host a more formal medal ceremony in my honor, but with my coach and my family, I have decided to forego that option and instead celebrate in private. This news, and receiving my medal, are all that I need to feel incredibly fulfilled and happy. I'm honored and proud to officially be the 2008 10,000-meter silver medalist."

Flanagan is now the top-placing U.S. woman in the Olympic 10,000. Lynn Jennings won bronze in 1992. The 2008 bronze medal has been returned to the IOC, Team USA said.

"Shalane has set the highest standard for American athletes for more than a decade," USATF CEO Max Siegel said in the news release. "Her fierce competitiveness and athletic accomplishments are matched by her integrity, professionalism and her care for our sport as a whole. USATF congratulates Shalane on her richly deserved Olympic silver medal."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.