IOC Will Move Quickly to Strip Jones of Medals

100-meter gold may go to runner in another drug scandal
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2007 2:24 PM CDT
Marion Jones of the United States, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the 100m at the Summer Olympics ,Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at Olympic Stadium in Sydney. Jones admitted using steroids before...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The International Olympic Committee announced today that it is ready to make a speedy move to strip Marion Jones of the three gold and two bronze medals she took home from the 2000 Sydney Games. Now that Jones has pled guilty, IOC vice-president Thomas Bach intends to "accelerate and speed up the procedures," the AP reports.

There's something of a catch, which is that Jones' gold medal for the 100-meter dash will go to silver medalist Katerina Thanou, currently at the center of a doping scandal herself. Thanou failed to show up for a drug test the night before the race, and was later suspended for 2 years. But without concrete proof of doping, she may still get Jones' gold. (Read more Marion Jones stories.)