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.
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But it is the first incidence of a gold medal going vacant for doping, pointing to the role that doping has played in the Olympics during the past 40 years. Unofficial lists suggest that roughly 50 Olympians have had their medals revoked for doping violations.Skip to next paragraph
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In the case of the 100-meter sprint in 2000, third-placed Tanya Lawrence of Jamaica will share the silver with Thanou. Merlene Ottey, also of Jamaica, will receive a bronze medal instead of fourth place.
Jones, who pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal investigators about doping as well as a check-fraud scam, served almost six months in prison. Since her release in September 2008, Jones has said she is contemplating a return to competitive sports – this time in basketball.
• Staff writer Mark Sappenfield contributed to this article.
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