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Jones “one of biggest frauds” in sport, says Diack

Disgraced Olympic champion Marion Jones will be remembered as one of the biggest frauds in sporting history, the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on Saturday.

“It is a tragedy,” Lamine Diack said in a statement to Reuters.mj2.jpg

After years of denial, triple Olympic champion Jones admitted on Friday she had used steroids and pleaded guilty in a U.S. court to lying to federal investigators.

Diack said the admission, which could cost Jones the five medals she won at the 2000 Games, tarnished not only the sprinter but the image of the sport worldwide.

“I am deeply disappointed that an athlete with Marion Jones’s immense natural ability gave in to the corrupt, ‘get rich quick’ spin of a dope dealer like Victor Conte,” Diack said.

source: Rueters

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