Jones' results erased from record books

The Baltimore Sun

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Don't look for Marion Jones' name in the Olympic record books anymore. As far as the IOC is concerned, her five-medal performance at the 2000 Sydney Games never happened.

Jones was erased from the Olympic records yesterday when the International Olympic Committee formally stripped her of her three gold and two bronze medals. Jones is now just a disgraced drug cheat.

"She is disqualified and scrapped from the results," IOC president Jacques Rogge said at the close of a three-day executive board meeting.

The IOC also banned Jones from attending next year's Beijing Olympics and said it could bar her from future Olympics.

The IOC postponed a decision on redistributing her medals, including whether to strip her eight American relay teammates of their medals and whether to upgrade doping-tainted Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou to gold in the 100.

Jones won gold medals in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 1,600-meter relay in Sydney, and bronze in the long jump and the 100-meter relay. She was the first female track and field athlete to win five medals at a single Olympics.

The IOC also disqualified Jones from her fifth-place finish in the long jump at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

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