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5 Time Olympic Medalist Jones Cleared of Doping Allegations


Five-time Olympic sprint medalist Marion Jones of the United States has been cleared of doping allegations after her second, or so-called B-sample showed no traces of banned performance enhancing drugs.

The 30-year-old Jones had tested positive for the synthetic hormone EPO on June 23. Reports of the positive test were revealed after Jones had withdrawn from a meet in Switzerland last month. The test of the second sample, conducted at the same UCLA lab that did the first test, came back negative.

Had both samples tested positive, Jones would have faced a minimum two-year ban from the sport.

Jones has always insisted she has never used banned substances. In a statement released by her lawyers, Jones says she is "absolutely ecstatic."

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters

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