By Mark Memmott

Members of the U.S. women's gymnastics team from the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney are now bronze medalists after a decision by the International Olympic Committee today to strip China of that medal because a recent investigation has determined that one of the Chinese women was underage at the time of the Games.

It seems that while looking into allegations that members of the 2008 women's team from China might have been underage, the International Gymnastics Federation came across evidence that Dong Fangxiao was only 14 at the time of the 2000 Games. To compete, gymnasts must turn 16 during an Olympic year. (The 2008 Chinese team has been cleared.)

The Associated Press says the evidence against Dong, ironically, included accreditation information she submitted for the 2008 Games -- where she was an official. She listed her birth date as Jan. 23, 1986, which would mean she was under 16 when she competed in 2000.

At the 2000 Games, the Chinese team placed third in the team competition. Team USA was fourth. With the Chinese team disqualified, the U.S. now gets the bronze.

categories: Foreign News, Sports

12:40 - April 28, 2010