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Retired sprinter to finally get gold

Published:Monday | June 22, 2009 | 8:50 AM

Retired sprinter Tyree Washington is finally going to get the 2003 world 400-metre gold medal he has been pursuing.

The American won silver in Paris in the 2003 race, but has campaigned for the gold after winner Jerome Young admitted to doping violations in 2008.

USA Track and Field will give Washington a newly cast medal on Saturday at the US Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Young received a lifetime ban after a 2004 positive test for the banned blood booster Erythropoietn (EPO) his second doping offence, but he was not stripped of all results subsequent to 1999 until 2008.

Washington has been recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations as the 2003 outdoor champion since 2005.