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Lawrence Man Finally Gets Olympic medal

Associated Press - August 26, 2013 11:15 am

A Lawrence man has finally received the Olympic medal he won more than a decade ago for Nigeria.

Jude Monye was told five years ago he’d won the gold medal as a member of a track relay team in 2000 at the Sydney Olympics. The U.S. team won the gold for that race but was disqualified in 2008 in a scandal involving performance-enhancing drugs.

Monye was told in 2008 that a ceremony would be arranged to give he and his teammates the gold medal.

But Monye, who works in Lawrence as a claims specialist, didn’t hear anything until earlier this year. He and his remaining teammates then returned to Nigeria, where the president of that country presided over the gold medal ceremony.

Associated Press information from: Lawrence Journal-World

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