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Five years after he ran the winning anchor leg in Sydney, Michael Johnson can finally rest easy. He’ll get to keep the fifth Olympic gold medal of his spectacular career.

U.S. Olympic officials won their appeal Thursday to uphold the victory of Johnson and his teammates in the 1,600-meter relay at the 2000 Sydney Games.

The Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned a decision by track’s world governing body to disqualify the entire team because of Jerome Young’s positive drug test in 1999.

In a binding decision that brings a protracted legal case to a close, the court ruled that international rules at the time of the Sydney Olympics did not allow for a whole relay team to be penalized.

Only Young should be stripped of his medal, the three-man panel said.

That means Johnson and the other team members — Antonio Pettigrew, twins Alvin and Calvin Harrison and Angelo Taylor — keep their golds.

“Everything worked out,” Pettigrew said. “I always believed everything would work out.”

The Jamaican-born Young tested positive for the steroid nandrolone at the U.S. nationals in June 1999. He was found guilty of a doping offense by USA Track & Field in March 2000, but the verdict was reversed four months later by a USATF appeal panel for undisclosed reasons. Young avoided a two-year ban and was cleared to run in Sydney.

Young ran in the opening and semifinal rounds, but not in the final. Johnson ran the anchor leg in the final for his fifth gold medal in his last Olympic race. Pettigrew and the Harrisons also ran in the final. Taylor ran in the earlier heats.

Water sports

Despatie golden again

Two events, two golds for Alexandre Despatie at the World Swimming Championships in Montreal.

The Canadian dominated the 1-meter springboard final, beating two former world champions from China and giving his country its third diving gold medal.

Despatie led all six rounds in the final, finishing with 489.69 points.

Defending champion Xu Xiang earned the silver with 445.68. Wang Feng, the 2001 world champion, took bronze with 445.56.

Meanwhile, the United States women routed China 18-2 in preliminary water polo play. Ten of 11 players scored for the U.S.

Boxing

Rijker has surgery

Lucia Rijker, whose “Million Dollar Lady” fight was called off because of an injury, underwent surgery in Los Angeles to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon.

Rijker hurt herself working out on Tuesday in Las Vegas for the July 30 bout against Christy Martin.

Promoter Bob Arum has said he is uncertain whether he will reschedule the bout.

•Heavyweight fighter James Toney, who lost his WBA title after a post-fight urine test revealed traces of steroids, will be eligible to return to the ring on July 30 after serving out his suspension.

The New York State Athletic Commission suspended Toney for 90 days and ordered him to pay a $10,000 fine after he tested positive for nandrolone following his victory over defending champ John Ruiz on April 30.

Miscellany

All-Stars to play Real

Real Madrid will host a MLS representative side in a preseason exhibition match.

The winner of the Aug. 23 match will receive the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy, which has been contested annually since 1979.

•Two-time U.S. Open winner Andre Agassi is among five past champions on the tournament entry list released in White Plains, N.Y.

The 35-year-old Agassi hasn’t played since losing in the first round of the French Open in May.

•A charge of public indecency against Tennessee Titans receiver Tyrone Calico was thrown out by a judge in Nashville, Tenn.

General Sessions Court Judge Casey Moreland decided not to send the case to the grand jury for indictment after a policeman testified at a preliminary hearing that he saw Calico and a woman putting their clothes on in the back seat of a sport utility vehicle around 2:30 a.m. on May 12.

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