U.S. relay team stripped of 2012 silver medals

Wed May 13, 2015 4:46pm EDT
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(Reuters) - The members of the U.S. men's 4x100 meters relay team that won silver at the 2012 Olympics have been stripped of their medals following the doping conviction of sprinter Tyson Gay, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) said on Wednesday.

Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin and Ryan Bailey as well as Jeffery Demps and Darvis Patton, who ran a preliminary heat, will lose their medals after Gay was banned last year following a positive test for an anabolic steroid.

"As expected, following USADA's decision in the Tyson Gay case, the IOC today confirmed that the U.S. team has been disqualified from the 4x100-metres race that was part of the athletics competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games," USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement.

"We will begin efforts to have the medals returned, and support all measures to protect clean athletes."

Twelve months ago, Gay received a one-year suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid in 2013.

All his results from July 2012 onwards were annulled and he returned his relay silver medal to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Athletics competitors must follow rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations in the Olympics but the International Olympics Committee has the final say on matters including medals.

The IOC has varied in the past on stripping medals from relay squads.

All members of the U.S. men's 4x400 meters relay at the 2000 Olympics lost their medals after doping cases involving Antonio Pettigrew and Jerome Young.   Continued...

Silver medalists (R-L) Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey of the U.S. pose after receiving their medals for the men's 4x100m relay 
during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 11, 2012.      REUTERS/Eddie Keogh