Gatlin to keep 100m record until appeals complete

Updated: August 24, 2006, 12:06 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Justin Gatlin will keep his share of the 100-meter world record until the completion of the appeal process in his doping case.

"The results management process in this case has not yet been completed since Gatlin reserves the right to contest USADA's charge of an eight-year sanction," the International Association of Athletics Federations said Thursday in a statement.

Gatlin, the Olympic and world champion in the 100, received an eight-year ban from the United States Anti-Doping Association on Tuesday, avoiding a lifetime penalty in exchange for his cooperation with doping authorities and because an earlier positive test was deemed a mistake.

Gatlin has six months to contest the ban before the American Arbitration Association, with the IAAF waiting for an ultimate decision before stripping him of the world record.

Gatlin ran 9.77 seconds on May 12 at a meet in Doha, Qatar, equaling the record set by Asafa Powell. All of Gatlin's results since his positive test on April 22 are also expected to be nullified.

Two-time Olympic decathlon champion Daley Thompson wants an even harsher penalty for Gatlin.

"Any reference to him being Olympic champion should go. He should lose his medals and be banned for life," the British decathlete told the BBC. "He has been going around saying what a great [guy] he is and how kids can look up to him and that makes it twice as bad."

Thompson, a mentor to young British track athletes, said Gatlin should do "one honorable act before leaving the sport" and "whistle blow on those who supplied him with drugs irrespective of any deal on offer."

At least nine athletes with links to Gatlin's coach, Trevor Graham, have been convicted of doping violations. Any testimony Gatlin provides against his former coach could lead to a reduction in his sentence.

The IAAF is currently investigating Graham for doping violations, and he has been barred from U.S. Olympic Committee training sites.

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