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Monday, December 29, 1997 Published at 21:37 GMT



Sport

British swimmers could win medals 17 years on
image: [ Anne Osgerby came fourth in 1980 ]
Anne Osgerby came fourth in 1980

Four former Olympic swimmers could be awarded gold medals seventeen years after they took part in the Moscow Games and the current medal holders disqualified for cheating.

One of them, Anne Osgerby from Preston came fourth in the 100 meters butterfly in 1980.


[ image: Former East German medal winner accused of taking drugs]
Former East German medal winner accused of taking drugs
Now it is alleged that the East Germans who came first, second and third, had taken drugs to improve their performance in the pool.

If the claim is true then she could be given a gold along with one for her performance in the four by one hundred metres relay team.

Osgerby, now a council rent collector, says the result has affected her life: "Financially I could have made a fortune out of a gold medal, like other people have done. Like Sharon Davies and Duncan Goodhew. They've sold their name because they've won gold medals - and hopefully I'll get my justice."


[ image: After 17 years Anne Osgerby could win gold]
After 17 years Anne Osgerby could win gold
Lawyers acting for an Australian swimmer who came fifth in 1980, one place behind Anne Osgerby, say they have found evidence in East German files which prove the winning swimmers were taking performance enhancing drugs. If it can be proved in court the result would be promotion for Osgerby and a 17 year old gold medal.







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