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GYMNAST TO RECEIVE REPLACEMENT MEDAL

The 16-year-old Romanian gymnast stripped of her all-around gold medal because she took cold pills containing a banned substance will receive a replacement medal from local jewelers, a newspaper reported Friday.

Andreea Raducan will receive the replacement Monday from the Association of Romanian Jewelers, with Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu and Ion Tiriac, chairman of the Romanian Olympic Committee, looking on, the daily Evenimentul Zilei reported.

The medal will be 18-carat gold and weigh 2 ounces, and will be engraved with the words "Andreea is the everlasting Olympic champion in our hearts," the newspaper said.

Raducan tested positive for pseudeoephedrine, a substance contained in Nurofen, which she was prescribed for a cold.

Romanians protested, but the Court of Arbitration for Sports upheld the decision Thursday. Raducan still holds the gold from the team event and a silver for the vault.

Tiriac said Thursday he would resign because he could not bring himself to ban Raducan for life, as Romanian rules require.

A female Olympic track athlete from Russia tested positive for drugs in an out-of-competition test while at the Sydney Games, International Olympic Committee officials said.

IOC Director General Francois Carrard confirmed the case, but did not disclose the name of the athlete or the substance for which she tested positive.

The athlete would be the seventh to test positive at the Games, which have been enveloped in doping cases since well before the start two weeks ago.

Carrard said the athlete had competed as an individual in a track event, and was subjected to the out-of-competition test because she was part of a relay team and potentially could have competed again.

Tran Hieu Ngan's silver medal finish in taekwondo won Vietnam its first-ever Olympic medal, making her the talk of Vietnam as the news was splashed across front pages and on television screens.

Vietnam sent only seven athletes to Sydney this year. The country's Olympic dreams have been largely just that, as war and poverty kept it from competing for decades. Vietnam resumed its medal quest only in 1980 at the Moscow Olympics.

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