Lawrence man finally gets Olympic medal

FILE: The Sydney Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games released their new logo, Saturday, September 14, 1996, the symbol of the year 2000 games.
FILE: The Sydney Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games released their new logo, Saturday, September 14, 1996, the symbol of the year 2000 games.

LAWRENCE, Kansas (AP) – 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.

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