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3 athletes test positive for drugs

The first positive drug tests of the Atlanta Games cost two Russian athletes their Olympic medals, and a third athlete from Lithuania who did not medal had her results tossed out.

Andrei Korneyev, bronze medalist in the 200-meter breaststroke, was disqualified after testing positive for the banned stimulant bromantan, International Olympic Committee spokeswoman Michele Verdier said Sunday.

Zafar Gulyov, a Greco-Roman wrestler who took the bronze at 105{ pounds, tested positive for the same substance and lost his medal.

Lithuanian cyclist Rita Raznaite, who finished 13th in the sprint, also tested positive bromantan.

Bromantan is a new drug comparable to the stimulant mesocarb, Verdier said. This is the first time bromantan has been detected at the Olympics.

"It's a stimulant to enhance performance," she said. "As well, it can be considered as a masking agent."

Verdier said the international federations will decide who gets the bronze medals stripped from Korneyev and Gulyov. Usually, the fourth-place finisher moves up.

Britain's Nick Gillingham, who finished fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke, confirmed he would receive the bronze. North Korea's Kang Yong is expected to get the medal in Greco-Roman.

"It is a strange way to receive a medal and disappointing and frustrating that I won't get it over here," Gillingham said. "They will be giving me the medal in London, but it will be two weeks before I get it. Korneyev should be humiliated. They should have him there in person with an IOC official and let him give the medal to me."

NO PUNISHMENT: British sprinter Linford Christie will not be reprimanded for refusing to leave the track after being disqualified from the 100-meter final for two false starts, the IAAF said.

Competitors accused Christie of disrupting Saturday night's race, won by Canada's Donovan Bailey in a world-record 9.84 seconds. "I don't find anything outrageous by it," said Istvan Gyulai, general secretary of the International Amateur Athletic Federation. "People must understand what kind of pressure he was under, what that moment must have meant for the athlete."

There also was controversy in the women's 100-meter final, when Gail Devers won the gold medal in a photo finish over Merlene Ottey of Jamaica. The IAAF rejected a protest by the Jamaicans, who argued that Ottey's torso hit the line first.

Gyulai said Devers' time was 10.932 seconds, to 10.937 for Ottey.

U.S. ATHLETES SEEK SECURITY: Safety concerns prompted eight to 10 U.S. athletes to move into the Olympic Village, U.S. Olympic Committee officials confirmed. The officials wouldn't name the athletes for security reasons. The village is surrounded by 11 miles of fences, topped with barbed wire. It is protected by armed guards, supplemented with electronic surveillance equipment.

A MOST UNEXPECTED TEACHER: Bailey knows he can never escape the shadow of Ben Johnson, the Jamaican-born sprinter who sullied Canada's name by testing positive for steroids after winning the 1988 Seoul Olympic final.

Bailey said he had been in touch with Johnson, now living in obscurity near Toronto, to get some advice about the pressure of competing in an Olympic final. "He's been there," Bailey said. "I wanted to get some advice. He's the only person who knows what I'm going through right now."

LAID-BACK BAILEY: Bailey, who peaked at 27.1 mph in his sprint, had this to say about being a champion: "My head doesn't get big with these things. I still can't see myself as a world record-holder, an Olympic champion, a world champion, all that stuff."

CLEY-BEY PROTEST DENIED: Boxing officials rejected a protest of the scoring in a loss by U.S. super-heavyweight Lawrence Clay-Bey.

U.S. team officials filed a protest over the scoring of Saturday's fight, claiming Vladimir Klitchko of Ukraine was given credit for two blows landed by Clay-Bey during a late flurry.

CLARK IN HOT WATER: Diver Mary Ellen Clark's final shining Olympic moment _ winning the bronze medal in the platform event _ may be overshadowed because she violated U.S. Olympic rules by wearing the wrong warm-up outfit.

In what her coach calls an "innocent mistake," Clark, of Fort Lauderdale, forgot to change from a Speedo warm-up into the official USOC-issued Champion warm-up for the medal awards ceremony.

Her slipup violates the U.S. Olympic Committee's strict code of conduct for athletes. As a result, Clark, ending a 26-year diving career, could be sent home before Sunday's Closing Ceremonies.

The violation of team rules also could cost Clark $15,000 in Operation Gold money for the bronze medal, $1,000 monthly USOC stipends, all Olympic items and team apparel and the White House trip with the U.S. Olympic team, according to USOC spokesman Mike Moran.

"She definitely faces a reprimand," Moran said. "It is a clear violation of our agreement. It's both the athlete's and team manager's responsibility. She knows this rule as well as anyone in the world."

Clark could not be reached for comment Sunday, but she wrote an apology to USOC vice president Dr. Ralph Hale, said her coach, Ron O'Brien. "You should have seen her face when I told her she was in violation of the athletes' code of conduct," O'Brien said. "She had no idea. You can't fake that kind of surprise."

Clark's fate will be determined within the next few days in a closed-door meeting with Hale, U.S. Diving executive director Todd Smith and team coach Micki King. Moran said the sanctions will not be disclosed because "she's not the only athlete in violation." He would not elaborate.

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