Who’ll get cheat Marion’s medals?
BERLIN: The IOC agreed yesterday to speed up the process to determine whether to redistribute the medals stripped from Marion Jones for doping at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
The American athlete lost all five of her medals – including three gold – after admitting in 2007 that she was using performance-enhancing drugs at the time of the games.
IOC president Jacques Rogge said the IAAF pushed to have the cases resolved “as soon as possible.” The IOC, he said, will combine all elements of the Jones and BALCO cases and keep in contact with the US Anti-Doping Agency.
IAAF president Lamine Diack said he expects “some news” by October.
Jones won gold in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x400-meter relay in Sydney, and bronze in the long jump and 4x100-meter relay.
Pauline-Davis Thompson of the Bahamas, who finished second in the 200 in Sydney, is waiting to learn if she will be bumped up to Jones’ gold.
Officials are reluctant to hand Jones’ 100 gold to silver medalist Katerina Thanou, as she and fellow Greek runner Kostas Kenteris missed drug tests in 2004 and claimed they were injured in a motorcycle accident. They were forced to pull out of the games and were later suspended for two years.
An option under consideration is leaving the gold medal spot vacant. – Sapa-AP