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Marion Jones Again

Post  LTRT on Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:06 am

IOC votes to strip Jones' teammates of medals from 2000 Games
Associated Press

Updated: April 10, 2008, 7:41 AM ET
BEIJING -- The IOC has stripped the medals from Marion Jones' U.S. relay teammates at the 2000 Olympics because of her doping history.

The International Olympic Committee executive board has disqualified the athletes who won gold in the 1,600-meter relay and bronze in the 400-meter relay in Sydney. IOC legal adviser Francois Carrard says the U.S. Olympic Committee has been ordered to return the medals.

Thursday's decision follows the admission by Jones last year that she was doping at the time of the Sydney Games. The IOC had previously stripped Jones of her five Sydney medals. She won gold in the 100 meters, 200 and 1,600 relay. She won bronze in the long jump and 400 relay.

Jones' relay teammates have so far refused to give up their medals, saying it's unfair to punish them for Jones' violations. The IOC has put off any decision on reallocating the medals.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

I don't think it's fair either, hopefully they'll get to keep them after they head to court.
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Post  Scooby01_98 on Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:13 am

While it may seem unfair the team should lose the medals. Unlike some track events where it is strictly an individual effort, a relay is a team event. They win or lose as a team. Just because you won your leg of the relay doesn't mean you get the gold if the team didn't win overall.
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Post  Guest on Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:55 am

I agree... it sucks, but relays are team events. You're only as good as your weakest member, and if that person is cheating, you shouldn't win. I can understand the teammates being upset, but that's life.
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