Who’ll get cheat Mar­ion’s medals?

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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

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