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06.07.2016 - Better late than never: an instant stamp for Jared Tallent

In the past sixteen years, Australia Post has developed the habit of issuing so-called instant stamps during the Olympic Games. This started with the Olympic Games of Sydney (2000) and has been continued in the Olympic years 2004, 2008 and 2012. The ‘instant stamps’ show Australian gold medallists; they were printed immediately after every Olympic win of an Australian competitor. The day after every Australian Olympic win the stamps could be bought.
A strange thing happened on 17 June of this year, when an ‘instant stamp’ was issued commemorating the gold medal of race walker Jared Tallent, almost four years after his Olympic participation in the track distance 50 kilometers. The explanation is simple: the winner of the gold medal in 2012, the Russian athlete Sergey Kirdyapkin, was disqualified earlier this year. This meant that the winner of the silver medal, Jared Tallent, was awarded the gold medal. It meant also that Jared was entitled to receive the honour of having an ‘instant stamp’ dedicated to his Olympic win.
The $1 stamp shows Tallent holding his gold medal, which he received June 16 during a ceremony in Melbourne. The stamp was produced in a pane of 10, just like Australia’s other instant Gold Medalists stamps for the 2012 London Games.
Australia Post will continue its instant-stamp tradition at the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil, 5-21 August 2016). Each Australian gold medal performance will be commemorated on a stamp issued in a pane of 10.