"One of them is Rashid Ramzi, a Moroccan-born runner who now competes
for wealthy Bahrain. He won the 1,500 meters. Baala crossed the line
fourth on that balmy Beijing night, just five agonizing hundredths of a
second from the bronze. Exhausted and crushed, Baala collapsed onto his
back, his right leg sprawled over a track-side tray of flowers.
This story would have ended there without the
IOC' s freezers. Now, Ramzi could forfeit his gold if a follow-up test
of his thawed-out samples confirms his positive result.
Disqualification of Ramzi would lift Baala to third place. The cold
metal of a medal can never fully substitute for the warm, lifelong
memories -- not to mention the likely sponsorship deals -- that Baala
might have enjoyed had he stood on the podium in Beijing. But it' s a
"I' ll be able to show it to my kids, to my
grandkids and wear it around my neck," the French runner says. "Justice
has been rendered."