Marion Jones’ Relay Teammates Get Olympic Medals RestoredSubmited By Elizar Caraecle
GENEVA — American sprinters who were stripped of their 2000 Olympics relay medals because teammate Marion Jones was doping won an appeal Friday to have them restored.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in favor of the women, who had appealed the International Olympic Committee’s decision to disqualify them from the Sydney Games.
The court said the IOC and International Association of Athletics Federations rules in 2000 did not allow entire teams to be disqualified because of doping by one athlete.
The IOC said the ruling was “disappointing and especially unfortunate for the athletes of the other teams who competed according to the rules.”
In Sydney, Jearl Miles-Clark, Monique Hennagan, LaTasha Colander Clark and Andrea Anderson were part of the squad that won gold in the 4×400 relay. Chryste Gaines, Torri Edwards, Nanceen Perry and Passion Richardson were on the 4×100 bronze medal squad.
All but Perry joined the appeal.
“The panel found that at the time of the Sydney Olympic Games there was no express IOC or IAAF rule in force that clearly allowed the IOC to annul the relay team results if one team member was found to have committed a doping offense,” CAS said.
Now that the case is over, Richardson can relax, her medal safe and secure in a wooden frame at the home of her parents in Florida.
“It’s been a long three years, a long hard fight,” Richardson told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “I wanted to believe they would do what was right, but there were some times where I wasn’t as certain. Today, they did what was right.”
Richardson spoke to Gaines and Miles-Clark and “everyone is extremely excited.”
“Finally, the fight is over,” Richardson said.
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