LONDON (AP) — The IOC has formally stripped American cyclist Tyler Hamilton of his gold from the 2004 Athens Olympics and reassigned the medals after his admission of doping.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams says the executive board notified Hamilton on Friday that he has been disqualified from his victory in the road race time trial.
His gold medal will now go to Russian rider Viatcheslav Ekimov. American Bobby Julich will be moved up from bronze to silver, and Michael Rogers of Australia from fourth to bronze.
After years of denials, Hamilton told CBS’s “60 Minutes” last year that he had repeatedly used performance-enhancing drugs. The IOC asked for documents from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency before reallocating the medals.
The IOC’s move to change the medals was first reported Thursday by The Associated Press.