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After Steroid Admission, Jones Returns Olympic Medals

Marion Jones gave back the five medals she won at the Sydney Olympics.
Marion Jones gave back the five medals she won at the Sydney Olympics. (2000 Photo By Adam Butler -- Associated Press)

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Her reputation is gone and now so are Marion Jones's Olympic medals.

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Jones gave back the five medals yesterday that she won at the Sydney Olympics and agreed to forfeit all other results dating from Sept. 1, 2000, further punishment for her admission that she was a drug cheat.

The three gold medals and two bronzes were turned over to U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency officials at her attorneys' office in Austin.

They are en route to USOC headquarters in Colorado Springs, and the USOC will return them to the International Olympic Committee.

Jones won golds in the 100 and 200 meters, as well as the 1,600 relay. She won bronzes in the 400 relay and the long jump.

It will be up to the IOC to decide what to do with the medals and whether to vacate Jones's results from Sydney -- which could cost her relay teammates medals, too.

USOC chief executive Jim Scherr and USOC Chairman Peter Ueberroth both said they would support the IOC nullifying the relay results, and encouraged the other Americans to give back their medals.

Jones pleaded guilty Friday to lying to federal investigators about using steroids, saying she'd taken designer steroid "the clear" from September 2000 to July 2001.

"The clear" has been linked to Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, the center of the steroid scandal in professional sports.

After Friday's court hearing, Jones announced her retirement, but yesterday she accepted a two-year ban.

Her 100-meter win and long jump bronze medal at the 1999 world championships will stand.


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