Sprinter Williams gains from Montgomery's ban

Track and field

December 14, 2005

Baltimore native Bernard Williams was awarded a national title and a world silver medal yesterday, and Maurice Greene regained his U.S. 100-meter record.

And they didn't have to step onto a track to do it.

The actions came after Tim Montgomery was suspended two years for doping. Another U.S. sprinter, two-time Olympic relay medalist Chryste Gaines, also received a two-year ban from the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Neither runner tested positive for drugs. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency sought the bans based on evidence gathered in the criminal investigation of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative.

All of Montgomery's results and prize money since March 31, 2001, and Gaines' efforts since Nov. 30, 2003, were annulled.

Montgomery's former world 100-meter record of 9.78 seconds, set in 2002, also came off the books. The record was broken in June by Jamaica's Asafa Powell, who clocked 9.77 in Athens.

Montgomery also lost his 100-meter silver medal from the 2001 world championships, a race won by former record-holder Maurice Greene. Williams (Carver) picks up the silver, with Ato Boldon moving up to bronze.

USA Track & Field announced yesterday that Greene's 1998 100-meter time of 9.79 has been restored as the U.S. record and that Williams is the 2001 outdoor 100-meter titlist.

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