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Colombian Cyclist Gets Back Olympic Bronze Medal

Colombian cyclist Maria Luisa Calle will get back the Olympic bronze medal that was stripped from her in a doping case after last year's Athens Summer Games.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport Thursday upheld her appeal against her disqualification by the International Olympic Committee, saying the headache medicine she took did not contain banned substances.

Calle lost her medal in the women's points race after the IOC executive board ruled she tested positive for a banned stimulant after her event. The court concluded that the medicine, Neo-Saldina, she took for a headache before the race contained an ingredient (isometheptene) that transforms into an illegal substance (heptaminol) during laboratory analyses.

The Court of Arbitration said the ingredient (isometheptene) was not on the list of banned substances for the Athens Olympics.

Calle became a national hero when she won the bronze, becoming the first Colombian to win an Olympic cycling medal. American cyclist Erin Mirabella, who finished fourth in the race, had been moved up to the bronze after Calle was stripped. Mirabella's placement will revert to fourth.

Some information for this report provided by AP.