Result of Marion Jones doping scandal: a race that no one won
The IOC decided Thursday not to reallocate the gold medal that admitted drug-cheat Marion Jones won in the 100 meter sprint at the 2000 Olympics. Why? The silver medalist has also been linked with doping.
For the first time in Olympic history, an event will go without a gold medalist because of doping.Skip to next paragraph
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Wednesday that it has reallocated medals that Marion Jones won in the 200 meters (gold) and long jump (bronze) at the 2000 Summer Olympics. The reallocation of the two golds she won as a member of the US relay team is still pending the outcome of an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
But the gold medal won by Jones in the 100 meters – arguably the signature event of any Summer Games – will remain vacant.
Ms. Jones, who had been the first woman to win five track and field medals in a single Summer Games, surrendered her medals in 2007 when she admitted to making false statements regarding her use of performance-enhancing drugs to federal investigators.
Ms. Thanou has also been tainted by doping. Though Ms. Thanou has not tested positive for banned substances, she missed a scheduled drug test prior to the 2004 games in Athens, claiming that she and her training partner had been in a motorcycle accident. She was subsequently banned from competition for two years by track and field's international federation on the suspicion that she had staged the accident to miss the test.
The IOC's action Thursday was a clear statement. "They don't want to reward [Thanou]," says David Wallechinsky, author of "The Complete Book of the Summer Olympics." "They don't consider her clean."
It is only the third time that a Summer Olympic event has gone without a gold medalist – and the first time since 1912, Mr. Wallechinsky says. In 1908, all four finalists in cycling's match sprint event spent so much time slowly jockeying for position that none finished under the mandatory time limit. In 1912, when Greco-Roman wrestling bouts could end only with a pin, the two finalists battled for nine hours before becoming so exhausted that they could not continue – each sharing silver.