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December 08, 2009

Olympic leaders are ready to distribute the individual medals stripped from Marion Jones for doping - but they will withhold the 100-meter gold from another drug-tainted athlete.

Officials with direct knowledge of the plan spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the decision hasn't been announced yet.

Nine years after the 2000 Games, the International Olympic Committee is set to allocate some of the five medals - three gold and two bronze - that Jones won in Sydney with the aid of performance-enhancing drugs.

At a two-day meeting starting Wednesday in Lausanne, Switzerland, the IOC will hand out Jones' gold in the 200 meters and bronze in the long jump but won't give Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou the 100-meter gold, officials told the AP.

While Pauline Davis-Thompson of the Bahamas is to be upgraded from silver to gold in the 200, the IOC will not reward Thanou in the 100 because she was at the center of a scandal at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Thanou and fellow Greek runner Kostas Kenteris missed drug tests on the eve of the opening ceremony, saying they were injured in a motorcycle crash. They were later banned for two years by the IAAF and are still awaiting trial in Greece on misdemeanor charges of staging the crash to avoid the tests.

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