Did Sylvie win silver? W75 Ah Kang poses with Lyon world medal

World Masters Athletics posted a link to a report on Africans winning medals at Lyon. One is mystifying. The African masters site shows W75 Sylvie Ah Kang of Mauritius standing alone, displaying a silver medal. But for what event? Lyon results show she was DQ’d in the 80-meter hurdles, didn’t qualify for the finals in the 100 and was seventh in the 8K cross country race. No relays either for Mauritius (an island nation in the Indian Ocean). So what gives? I’m looking into this. (German masters blogger Alfred Hermes also notes a legit M55 bronze in pole vault for a Tunisian gent.)

How did Sylvie rate medal stand?

How did Sylvie rate podium? Maybe someone lent her medal after hurdles DQ.

Here are results for Sylvie:

10 Ah Kang, Sylvie W76 Mauritius 21.49 -1.3 1

W75 8000 Meter Run
75 WMA: # 43:16.00 04/08/2015 Joaquina Flores, Portugal
Results – Women 75
1 Flores, Joaquina W75 Portugal 43:16.00#
2 Jones,


Pamela W79 Great Britai 47:55.00
3 Martin, Anne W79 Great Britai 51:52.00
4 Stracey, Betty W75 Great Britai 53:02.00
5 Arboleda de Jaramill, Jo W76 Colombia 55:17.00
6 Ortiz Trapala, Ana Maria W77 Mexico 58:54.00
7 Ah Kang, Sylvie W76 Mauritius 1:09:41.00

W75 80 Short Hurdles
75 WMA: # 17.44
Name Age Team Finals Wind
1 Bortignon, Christa W78 Canada 24.08 1.8
— Ah Kang, Sylvie W76 Mauritius DQ 1.8 DQ : 168.7

W75 100 Meter Dash
WMA: # 15.82
Name Age Team Prelims Wind H#

1 Bergen, Kathy W75 United State 16.13Q -1.3 1
2 Bortignon, Christa W78 Canada 16.90Q -0.6 3
3 Cudmore, Miriam W77 Australia 17.74Q -0.6 2
4 Vitola, Leontine W77 Latvia 18.50q -0.6 2
5 Cook, Kathleen W78 Australia 18.71q -0.6 3
6 Daprano, Jean W78 United State 19.56q -1.3 1
7 Nilsson, Astrid W79 Sweden 19.85q -1.3 1
8 Langenwalter, Carolyn W77 United State 19.93q -0.6 3
9 Loki, Tamásné W79 Hungary 20.73 -0.6 3
10 Ah Kang, Sylvie W76 Mauritius 21.49 -1.3 1

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December 26, 2015

10 Responses

  1. Weia Reinboud - December 26, 2015

    Christa will be next to her. Disqualified afterwards?

  2. Christa Bortignon - December 26, 2015

    No, the DQ was already posted with the results outside the stadium before the medal presentation.

  3. Alan Kolling - December 27, 2015

    It’s an odd photo since the podium setting isn’t even correct: the number “2” isn’t clearly visible and the podium position for first place was higher than for second.

  4. Tom Phillips - December 27, 2015

    It’s all quite strange. Sylvie and Christa were the only two W75 short hurdlers, and the race ran with the W80s. I don’t have many photos of it, and can’t recall Sylvie’s DQ, though she doesn’t look all that happy in the post race group shot! See http://www.tomphillipsphotos.co.uk/lyon2015150815part1/slides/_MMP2255.html

    That podium shot isn’t normal. This is what the podium looked like in use: http://www.tomphillipsphotos.co.uk/lyon2015110815/slides/_MMP9401.html


  5. tb - December 28, 2015

    The picture title says it’s for hurdles.

  6. Dexter McCloud - December 28, 2015

    Maybe she just wanted to take a picture with a medal. And, “maybe” whoever posted the news in Mauritius, Africa took her word for it.

    It appears to me, that because she was one of only two people in her hurdles race, she “claimed” silver when she told her people at her federation

  7. Mary Harada - December 28, 2015

    Tom Phillips photo tells it all – not a photo taken at the awards in Lyon.

  8. Ken Stone - December 28, 2015

    I got a note from the person who witnessed the Silvie picture:

    There was no ceremony going on. [Silvie] asked me if I could take a picture of her and that man while he put the medal around her neck because she had missed her ceremony. This was not on the podium but by the chairs there. … Then she went to the podium and the man took some pictures.

  9. Liz Palmer - January 2, 2016

    I understand her disappointment, but she did not win a silver medal. She was DQ’d in her hurdle race.

  10. E. Grant - January 5, 2016

    If you didn’t place, why lie like you did? Please exhibit good sportmanship and work hard to place next time.

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