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The statute of limitations on doping cases is generally eight years, which would put Marion Jones' five medals (three golds and two bronzes) at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in jeopardy. She could also lose medals from the World Championships in 2001.
If Jones is stripped of her 2004 Olympic medals (the U.S. Olympic Committee declined to comment on whether Jones would lose her medals until legal proceedings are completed), Greece's Ekaterini Thanou will move up to the gold medal spot in the 100 meters, followed by Tanya Lawrence and Merlene Ottey of Jamaica.
Thanou was one of two Greek sprinters accused of missing a doping test and staging a motorcycle accident to avoid being tested on the night of the 2004 Athens Olympics opening ceremonies. In December 2004, Thanou and Costas Kenderis were banned for two years. In September, a Greek court postponed a perjury trial for Thanou and Kenderis until next June.
In the 200, Pauline Davis-Thompson of the Bahamas would get the gold, followed by Susanthika Jayasinghe of Sri Lanka and Beverly McDonald of Jamaica. Jamaica, Russia and Nigeria would be the medalists in the women's 4x400 relay.
Two athletes would be awarded bronze medals in place of Jones: Tatiana Kotova of Russia in the long jump and France in the 4x100 relay.
Jones didn't win a medal in the 2004 Athens Games. She was fifth in the long jump, while the U.S. 4x100 relay team dropped the baton and was disqualified.
Ironically, Jones already lost a medal in the 2001 World Championships to doping charges against one of her teammates. She was on the team of Kelli White, Chryste Gaines and Inger Miller that won the gold, but White admitted to doping in 2004 and was stripped of her medals. Jones was second in the 100 in the 2001 Worlds; Thanou was third. She won the 200, followed by Debbie Ferguson of the Bahamas and LaTasha Jenkins of the United States.
Jones did not medal in the 2003 or 2005 World Championships.