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Philip Hersh: Jones' relay teammates get to keep medals in decision that makes losers of IOC, USOC

Relay Reason and the rule of law -- even the frequently amorphous anti-doping laws -- have prevailed in the decision that allows Marion Jones' relay teammates at the 2000 Olympics to keep their medals.

In a ruling announced Friday morning, the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the International Olympic Committee's action that stripped gold medals from the 4 x 400-meter relay and bronze medals from the 4 x 100-meter relay because Jones had admitted to doping before and during the Sydney Summer Games, when she ran in both relay finals.

The women's successful appeal was a defeat for both the IOC, which had tried making up rules to suit itself, and the U.S. Olympic Committee, which attempted to make the IOC happy by refusing to support the athletes appeal.

--Philip Hersh

Read more in the Globetrotting blog.

Photo: Members of the U.S. women's 1,600-meter relay team, from left, Jearl Miles-Clark, Monique Hennagan, La Tasha Colander-Richardson, and Marion Jones displaying their gold medals during award ceremonies at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia in September 2000. Credit: Lionel Cironneau / Associated Press
 
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