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Great Britain's four-man bobsleigh team at the 2014 Winter Olympics are likely to be awarded the bronze medal after originally finishing fifth.

The British crew of John Jackson, Bruce Tasker, Stuart Benson and Joel Fearon are expected to be upgraded following the disqualification of two Russian teams.

The International Olympic Committee's Disciplinary Commission disqualified the gold medal winning team earlier this week after finding three of its crew guilty of doping offences.

Now they have sanctioned three Russian athletes in the sled that finished fourth in Sochi. As a result the whole four-man team is disqualified.

It means that the GB team moves up two places and onto the podium.

The Russian athletes can appeal against the disqualification but, if it is upheld, GB is likely to be upgraded.

It would make Sochi 2014 the most successful Winter Games for Britain.

Joel FearonPossible bronze for GB's Joel Fearon














John Jackson told BBC Sport he was emotional when he heard the news.

"My wife Paula called me and I couldn't believe it. I did sit down at my desk for a cry," he said.

"It's still going to be a long process to try and get the bronze medal."

For more reaction see BBC Sport.

Latvia are in line to take the gold and the USA the silver.

One member of the American team, Steven Holcomb, died in May but may be awarded his medal posthumously.

The sanctions follow the McLaren report which alleged a state-sponsored doping regime existed in Russia in the lead up to and during the Sochi Olympics.
The International Ski Federation caused controversy when it cleared the skiers to race in the World Cup, saying the IOC's ban was not proof of guilt.

We reported on the decision in our News In Brief (Friday 24th November).
All the disqualified athletes are accused of being involved in a doping and sample tampering programme in operation during their home Games.

They are expected to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a bid to be able to participate at Pyeongchang 2018.

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