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US Olympic Relay Team Stripped of 2012 Silver Medals

The United States Olympic 4×100-meter relay team that won silver medals in 2012 will be stripped of them by the International Olympic Committee in the wake of Tyson Gay’s use of a prohibited substance three weeks before the London Olympics.

Gay was suspended for a year after testing positive for an anabolic steroid in 2013. Gay ran the third leg of the race and the U.S. team finished behind only Jamaica.

“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 4×100-meter race that was part of the athletics competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games,” USOC chief communications officer Patrick Sandusky said in a statement. “We will begin efforts to have the medals returned, and support all measures to protect clean athletes.”

Gay returned his silver medal last May, but his teammates were in limbo for nearly a year before learning their fate on Tuesday. Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin and Ryan Bailey were his Olympic running mates.

“We will begin efforts to have the medals returned, and support all measures to protect clean athletes,” said a U.S. Olympic Committee statement, per the BBC.





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