FILE: ATHLETICS - IAAF erase all of U.S Sprinter Marion Jones's results since Sept 1. 2000
- Title: FILE: ATHLETICS - IAAF erase all of U.S Sprinter Marion Jones's results since Sept 1. 2000
- Date: 24th November 2007
- Summary: WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 5, 2007) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF COURTHOUSE
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- Story Text: Marion Jones was formally disqualified on Friday (November 23) from all competitions since Sept 1. 2000, including the Sydney Olympics where she won five medals, after admitting last month to taking banned drugs.
The International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) governing council ruled that Jones's results be annulled after she confessed to taking the designer steroid tetrahydrogestrinone before the 2000 Games.
Jones, 32, won gold medals in the 100, 200 and 4x400 metres relay and bronze in the long jump and 4x100 relay at the 2000 Games.
IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said the Council would ask the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to disqualify the U.S. women's 4x100 and 4x400 metre relay teams from the Sydney Games.
But the governing body stopped short of recommending that controversial Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou, who was the silver medallist in the 100 behind Jones, be awarded the gold medal.
Thanou was given a two-year suspension for missing three dope tests, the last on the eve of the 2004 Games in Athens.
The U.S. Olympic Committee, whose chairman Peter Ueberroth last month urged the American relay members to return their medals, said it supported the IAAF decision.
Thanou is likely to benefit from Jones's disqualifications elsewhere.
The 32-year-old Greek is likely to be elevated to the silver medal position in the 100 at the 2001 World Championships, where she originally finished third behind Jones.
Bahamian Debbie Ferguson McKenzie, originally the silver medallist in the 200, is likely to be upgraded to gold in the longer sprint.
The IAAF will also request that Jones return all prize money awarded since September 2000, estimated at $700,000.
Jones, who has formally retired from athletics, declared bankruptcy earlier this year. Davies said if she decided to make a comeback she would not be allowed to compete until all the money was returned.
She has also pleaded guilty to two counts of providing false statements to federal investigators and will be sentenced in January.
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