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Drug test may give U.S. gold

By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 17, 2000


American freestyle wrestler Brandon Slay, who reacted with anger after losing his gold medal opportunity at the Sydney Games to what he felt was bad officiating, is likely to get the medal because his opponent failed a drug test.

Slay, 24, was awarded the silver medal after his loss on points to Alexander Leipold of Germany in the 167 1/2-pound gold medal match. Two weeks later, the International Olympic Committee's medical commission has recommended that the IOC strip Leipold of the gold medal.

South Korea's Moon Eui Jae would move up from the bronze medal to silver, while Turkey's Adem Bereket would go from fourth to a bronze.

"I've always dreamed of and worked towards the goal of winning an Olympic gold medal," Slay said through his agent, John Rizzuti. "But this certainly isn't the way I dreamed of doing it."

Slay, who lost 4-0, was penalized two points for not allowing Leopold to properly grasp him to begin their second three-minute period.

Leipold, 31, said he had no idea how he could have tested positive for nandrolone, an anabolic steroid.

"It's not the kind of drug you take for wrestling," he said. "I don't wrestle with power but with tactic and technique."

However, Prince Alexandre de Merode, chairman of the IOC medical commission, said Leipold's sample showed 20 nanograms of nandrolone per milliliter of urine. The limit is 2 nanograms per milliliter.

AWARDS: Tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams and swimmer Jenny Thompson won the 2000 Women's Sports Foundation awards. The Williams sisters won the doubles championships at Wimbledon and the Olympics. Venus Williams also won the singles gold medal at the Olympics, after winning this year's Wimbledon and U.S. Open. Thompson won four medals in Sydney, increasing her career total to 10 including eight golds. ... Olympians Chandra Cheeseborough, Arnie Robinson, Bill Dellinger and Maren Seidler were elected to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. At the 1984 Los Angeles Games, Cheeseborough won gold medals in the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relays and got a silver medal in the 400. Robinson won the long jump in 1976, four years after winning a bronze. Dellinger competed in three Olympics at 5,000 meters, winning a bronze in 1964. Seidler won 23 national titles in the shot put from 1967-80 and was an Olympian from 1968 to 1980. ... Synchronized swimming coach Chris Carver and three-time Olympic medalist Tracie Ruiz-Conforto will be inducted into the Women's Sports Foundation's International Women's Sports Hall of Fame.

AUTOS: Howell C. Jones III died Sunday, a day after his car crashed during the first lap of a race at Hardeeville Motor Speedway in South Carolina. Jones, who was 29, was driving a three-quarter midget race car in the inaugural Southern TQ Invitational.

BOWLING: Mike Edwards' 11-5 record gave him the lead after the second round of match play in the PBA Tour's Brunswick Johnny Petraglia Open in North Brunswick, N.J. Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. was second at 10-5-1.

CRICKET: The United States routed previously unbeaten Barbados, scoring its first victory in the Red Stripe Bowl cricket tournament. Barbados already had qualified for the semifinals by defeating Canada, Trinidad and Tobago and defending champion Jamaica.

COLLEGES: Florida leads USF by 12 strokes heading into today's final round of the 15-team Gary Koch-Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate tournament at the Old Memorial Golf Club in Tampa. UF's Camilo Villegas leads with rounds of 69 and 71 for four-under par, a shot ahead of Andrew Pratt of Tennessee. USF is led by Jay Cavanagh, who shot 71 and 74 to tie for 13th after 36 holes. USF's top golfer, Brett Hitchcock, is in a tie for 45th at 150.

CYCLING: Benoit Joachim, Luxembourg's top cyclist and a teammate of Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, could face a six-month ban and $1,130 fine after testing positive June 25 for using the steroid nandrolone.

MARATHONS: Damaoui El Mostafa won the Canadian International Marathon in 2 hours, 15 minutes, 17 seconds. Mario Fattore finished second in 2:32:05. Jennifer Cooper was the top female finisher in 2:59:04, and Karen Cowling was second at 2:59:41. ... Prize money for the Nov. 5 New York City Marathon will be $310,000, up $61,000 from a year ago. The men's and women's champions will get $65,000, up from $50,000. The next five finishers will get $30,000, $15,000, $10,000, $7,500 and $5,000.

SOCCER: George Weah, soccer's player of the year in 1995, was released by Manchester City. The 34-year-old Liberian had four goals in nine games for the English club.

TENNIS: Jason Stoltenberg beat Cecil Mamiit 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Heineken Open in Shanghai. In a rain-shortened day, Paul Goldstein defeated Zhang Yu 6-4, 7-5, and Laurence Tieleman beat Daniel Elsner 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. ... Alex Corretja beat Gianluca Pozzi 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round of the Toulouse Open in France. Magnus Gustafson defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-2, 7-6; Stephane Huet beat Lionel Roux 7-5, 6-4; and Julien Boutter downed Bjorn Phau 6-7, 6-3, 7-6.

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