International Athletics

France win bronze three years later

2015-07-04 20:31
Tyson Gay (File)

PARIS — Three years late, France's men got their 4x100-meter relay bronze medal from the London Olympics on Saturday, bumped up from fourth after the U.S. team was disqualified because of Tyson Gay's doping.

Robbed of an Olympic podium in 2012, the French men got second-best: A medal ceremony at the Diamond League meeting in Paris.

A white London cab drove the four French relay runners — Jimmy Vicaut, Christophe Lemaitre, Pierre-Alexis Pessonneaux and Ronald Pognon — on a lap of honor around the Stade de France track before International Olympic Committee member Guy Drut awarded them their medals.

Gay ran on the American team that finished second in London behind Jamaica, anchored by Usain Bolt. But Gay then tested positive for steroids at the U.S. championships in 2013 and all his results from July 15, 2012, when he first used a product containing a banned substance, were annulled.

His relay teammates lost their silver medals under international rules that disqualify an entire team because of doping by one member.

Trinidad and Tobago, which finished third, was lifted to the silver medals.


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