U.S. cyclist Tyler Hamilton to lose 2004 gold medal

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The IOC is set to formally strip American cyclist Tyler Hamilton of his gold from the 2004 Athens Games and reassign the medals after his admission of doping, according to an Olympic official familiar with the case.

With the eight-year deadline approaching, the official told The Associated Press the IOC executive board will meet today to readjust the standings from the road race time trial and award the gold to retired Russian rider Viatcheslav Ekimov.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision hasn’t been announced yet.

After years of denials, Hamilton told CBS’s 60 Minutes last year that he had repeatedly used performance-enhancing drugs. The IOC asked for documents from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency before reallocating the medals.

The gold will now go to Ekimov, a former teammate of Hamilton and Lance Armstrong.

American Bobby Julich will be moved up from bronze to silver, and Australia’s Michael Rogers from fourth to bronze.

BACK ON THE TRACK: Double amputee Oscar Pistorius and his South African teammates are moving on to the 4x400-meter relay final at the Olympics without even finishing their heat.

Pistorius will get a chance to run for an Olympic medal after officials accepted South Africa’s protest over a collision and awarded an extra spot in today’s final.

MORE INJURIES: Add Jeremy Wariner to the growing list of injured American relay runners. The 2004 Olympic champion at 400 meters tore his left hamstring and will miss the final of the 4x400-meter relay Saturday.

Wariner will join 2008 Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt and Manteo Mitchell on the sideline.

Wariner will join 2008 Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt and Manteo Mitchell on the sideline. Merritt hurt his groin in 400-meter individual qualifying, and Mitchell broke his left leg halfway through the first lap of Friday’s relay preliminaries, but finished the lap to ensure the U.S. would make the final.


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