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Sprinters banned for steroid ties

Associated Press
Published December 14, 2005


LONDON - His world record is erased for good, along with every result, every medal and prize money from the past five years.

It's as if Tim Montgomery never ran the 100 meters.

Though he didn't test positive for drugs, the American sprinter was banned for two years Tuesday based on evidence gathered in the criminal investigation of the BALCO steroid scandal investigation and the testimony of fellow sprinter Kelli White.

For the same reason, two-time Olympic relay medalist Chryste Gaines also received a two-year ban from the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency had requested four-year suspensions for both runners, but CAS - the highest court in sports - cut the penalty in half. The decisions are final and binding.

The bans were backdated to June 6, 2005, the first day of Montgomery's hearing.

CAS voided all of Montgomery's performances since March 31, 2001, and Gaines' results since Nov. 30, 2003.

That means Montgomery's former world 100-meter record of 9.78 seconds - set in Paris in September 2002 - is no longer recognized. The record was lowered to 9.77 by Jamaica's Asafa Powell on June 14 in Athens, Greece.

Montgomery, 30, will also lose the 100-meter silver medal from the 2001 World Championships, a race won by former record holder Maurice Greene. The silver will now go to fellow American Bernard Williams. Montgomery also forfeits his gold medal in the 400-meter relay from the 2001 worlds.

"It is always a great day for clean athletes when individuals who cheat are held accountable and stripped of the rewards gained through doping," USADA chief executive officer Terry Madden said in a statement.