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Thanou may go legal in gold claim

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  • Ekaterina Thanou ponders legal action over he claim for Sydney gold
  • Thanou finished second to Jones, who has been stripped of gold, in 100m
  • Thanou served two-year ban for doping offenses in build up to Athens Olympics
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LONDON, England -- Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou will consider legal action against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) if it refuses to award her Marion Jones' 100 meters gold medal from the Sydney Olympics.

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Thanou has returned to action after a two-year doping ban.

Jones has been stripped of her five medals from 2000, but the IOC is yet to decide how to reallocate them.

Thanou, who was embroiled in a drugs controversy of her own at th 2004 Athens Olympics, finished second in the 100 to the now disgraced American sprinter.

She believes "she has to be awarded the gold," according to her lawyer Gregory Ioannidis who told BBC Sport: "If not, we would have to consider (if) legal action needs to be taken."

The IOC formally stripped Jones of her five Sydney medals on Wednesday.

It followed the American's disclosure in October that she had taken the banned steroid THG from September 2000 until July 2001.

However, the IOC has delayed a decision on how to reallocate the prizes, because it wants to find out if more of the athletes from the races were involved in the Balco laboratories doping scandal.

Ioannidis said he found the comments "unnecessary and unreasonable" and insisted there was no evidence linking Thanou with the Balco case.

"There's no evidence to substantiate any allegation against Katerina Thanou in relation to the Balco case," he said. Thanou and compatriot Kostas Kenteris missed drugs tests on the eve of the 2004 Games.

It was the third time they had missed tests, resulting in a two-year suspension, which expired at the end of last year.

"We are carefully monitoring the situation. We have to consider the evidence at the appropriate time. We do hope Katerina Thanou will be treated in a fair and equal way. "If that is the case, there is no need for any litigation," he added. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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