<
>

Calvin Harrison's doping leads to forfeit

MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- The United States was stripped of its
1,600-meter relay gold medal from the 2003 world championships on
Sunday because of Calvin Harrison's second doping violation.
The gold instead goes to France, with Jamaica getting the silver
and the Bahamas the bronze, the world governing body of track and
field said.
Harrison was found guilty of using the stimulant modafinil at
the U.S. championships in June 2003. He had contended that
modafinil wasn't specifically mentioned on the official list of
banned substances at the time.
Harrison had a chance to appeal the ruling, but the
International Association of Athletics Federations said he is too
late.
"The deadline has passed, and that means there is a new result
in the relay final," IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said Sunday.
Ten years earlier, Harrison tested positive for the stimulant
pseudoephedrine during the 1993 U.S. junior indoor championships
and served a three-month ban.
As a two-time offender, the 400-meter star was suspended for two
years in early August this year and dropped from the American team
for the Athens Olympics. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency also ordered
him to forfeit his relay gold medal from last year's worlds in
Paris, and all his results from the time of the test have been
nullified.
Harrison ran the opening leg of the relay final. That means the
other three runners -- Tyree Washington, Derrick Brew and Jerome
Young -- will lose their gold medals, too. Instead, they will go to
French runners Leslie Djhone, Naman Keita, Stephane Diagana and
Marc Raquil.
Young has since been banned for life by USADA for his second doping violation in a case that could result in the American 1,600
relay team from the 2000 Sydney Olympics -- including Michael
Johnson -- losing its gold medals. The Court of Arbitration for
Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, has yet to rule on that case.