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Jones stripped of track titles; governing body recommends teammates be disqualified

MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AP) - All of Marion Jones' results dating
to September 2000, including her Olympic and world championship
titles, were annulled Friday because of doping. Track and field's
governing body also told her to return her estimated $700,000 in
prize money from that period.
The International Association of Athletics Federation
recommended that Jones' relay teammates be disqualified and lose
their medals from the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
The IAAF council also upheld the two-year ban imposed on Jones
by U.S. officials. She retired last month after pleading guilty to
lying to federal investigators in 2003. Jones admitted she had
taken the designer steroid "the clear" from September 2000 to
July 2001.
Jones won gold medals in the 100 meters, 200 and the 1,600-meter
relay in Sydney, as well as bronzes in the 400 relay and long jump.
At the 2001 worlds, she won the 200 and the silver medal in the
100.
Jones has returned her five Olympic medals and agreed to forfeit
all results dating to Sept. 1, 2000. But it's still up to the IAAF
and International Olympic Committee to change the record books and
revise the medals.
The IAAF said Jones was disqualified from all competitions since
Sept. 1, 2000, with all results erased. That includes all relays,
not just individual events.
The IAAF added Jones must return all awards, medals and money
from that period. IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said Jones can't
compete again unless she pays back the approximate $700,000.
Athletes who are eventually upgraded stand to receive a share of
Jones' prize money. However, it's uncertain whether they will ever
get the money because Jones is said to be broke.
Even though Jones has retired, she is officially suspended until
Oct. 7, 2009. Jones would have to give the IAAF 12 months' notice
if she wants to return to competition after the ban, Davies said.
The IAAF did not take a position on whether Greek sprinter
Katerina Thanou should be upgraded to the Olympic gold medal in the
100 meters. That will be up to the IOC, which has authority over
Olympic medals.
"We recommend that (the) IOC take the final decision," IAAF
general secretary Pierre Weiss said.
Thanou and fellow Greek runner Kostas Kenteris failed to show
for drug tests on the eve of the 2004 Athens Games, claiming they
were injured in a motorcycle accident and eventually pulled out.
They were later banned for two years.
IOC president Jacques Rogge has said there will be no automatic
upgrade, and that only "clean" athletes will be moved up in the
medals. The IOC is considering whether to leave the 100-meter
winner's place vacant.
IAAF president Lamine Diack, who has branded Jones "one of the
biggest frauds in sporting history", was at the meeting in Monte
Carlo but did not speak to reporters.
Pauline Davis-Thompson of the Bahamas was the silver medalist
behind Jones in the 200 meters, while Tatiana Kotova of Russia was
fourth in the long jump. They could now be awarded gold and bronze
by the IOC.
Jearl Miles-Clark, Monique Hennagan, Tasha Colander-Richardson
and Andrea Anderson won golds as part of the 1,600-meter relay in
Sydney. Chryste Gaines, Torri Edwards, Nanceen Perry and Passion
Richardson were on the 400-meter relay team.
It's now up to the IOC to decide if Jamaica gets gold in the
1,600 relay and France bronze in the 400.
As for the 2001 worlds in Edmonton, Alberta, Debbie Ferguson of
the Bahamas moves up to gold in the 200, Latasha Jenkins of the
United States to silver and Cydonie Mothersill of the Cayman
Islands to bronze.
In the 100, won by Zhanna Block of Ukraine, Thanou would move
from bronze to silver, and Chandra Sturrup of the Bahamas from
fourth to bronze.
"There is awareness of the situation for sure," Davies said.
"But there is also the fact there is no reason we have at the
moment why she (Thanou) shouldn't have the medal."

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