IOC reallocate Jones' medals

But Thanou is overlooked for 100m gold

Last Updated: 10/12/09 5:00pm

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Jones: Sydney medals redistributed

Jones: Sydney medals redistributed

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The International Olympic Committee have reawarded two of Marion Jones' three individual medals from the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

The IOC executive board upgraded Pauline Davis-Thompson of the Bahamas to the 200 metres title and Tatyana Kotova of Russia to bronze in the long jump, having earlier stripped Jones of the awards following the revelation she was a drug cheat.

However, they opted against giving the 100m gold to Ekaterini Thanou who, along with reigning 200m men's champion Kostas Kenteris, was banned from the 2004 Olympics in Athens after missing an out-of-competition drug test on the eve of those Games.

The Greek pair later accepted they had committed anti-doping rule violations and received two-year suspensions from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) which cleared them to compete again in December 2006.

Disrepute

However, Thanou was also banned from competing in last summer's Beijing Olympics because the IOC claimed her behaviour in Athens brought the Olympic movement into disrepute and it appears they have again shown no leniency towards her.

According to Greek sources, Thanou will now ask the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to overrule the IOC's announcement and rule that she should replace Jones as gold medallist.

Her lawyers will almost certainly emphasise the 34-year-old was a clean athlete prior to Sydney and it is likely they might bring legal action against the IOC for abuse of power and violating her human rights.

Jones, who served a six-month prison sentence after lying to federal authorities about her doping activities and cheque book fraud, also won 4x400m gold and 4x100m bronze medals in Sydney.

The IOC have deferred redistribution of those medals as her Team USA colleagues in both events claimed it was wrong to punish them collectively and appealed to CAS, who will announce its verdict on December 18.

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