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U.S. sprinters seeks to regain medals lost because of Marion Jones

May 10, 2010 | 12:39 pm

Seven U.S. sprinters are appealing to the sports world's highest court in an attempt to regain the Olympic medals stripped from them because of a cheating teammate.

Lawyers for the seven women spoke in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday, challenging the International Olympic Committee's decision to strip the medals after 2000 Olympics teammate Marion Jones admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs at the time.

The seven runners -- 4x400 gold medalists Jearl Miles-Clark, Monique Hennagan, LaTasha Colander Clark and Andrea Anderson, and 4x100 bronze medalists Chryste Gaines, Torri Edwards and Passion Richardson -- feel to they should not be punished since Jones was the one who was cheating.

Makes sense. But on the other hand, they did benefit from Jones' transgressions. Who knows how the race would have played out had they not had a juiced-up teammate. Maybe it is the responsibility of the team as a whole to keep its members in line.

We'll have to wait and see what the court thinks -- a ruling is not expected for several weeks, nearly 10 years after the medal races in question.

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.