Washington gets his gold

A PLEASED American sprinter Tyree Washington finally got his 2003 world 400m gold medal on Saturday.

A PLEASED American sprinter Tyree Washington finally got his 2003 world 400m gold medal on Saturday.

USA Track and Field chief executive Doug Logan presented the medal to a smiling Washington, the 2003 silver medallist, at the US world championships trials.

"It felt extremely, extremely good today," the 32-year-old Washington said. "It's one stop among many to make this come to an end."

The gold medal is a duplicate of one originally presented to 2003 winner Jerome Young, who last year admitted to using prohibited substances and agreed to return the medal.

Young was already serving a lifetime ban for a 2004 positive doping test.

Washington said he was disappointed the International Association of Athletics Federations was not presenting him the medal at its world championships in August in Berlin.

He said he would also continue to seek the $30000 first prize from the 2003 championships. - Reuters

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