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Wed Apr 23 08:39:25 SAST 2014

Parents sue Olympic gold medalist

Sapa-AFP | 08 September, 2012 09:310 Comments
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Tampa resident and Olympic Gold Medalist Tianna Madison throws out the ceremonial first pitch just before the start of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field on September 3, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida
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The parents of Olympic gold medalist Tianna Madison have sued the US track star, saying she spread stories they were out for their own interest and tormented and cheated her out of money.

Robert and Jo Ann Madison filed the libel, slander and defamation lawsuit Thursday in an Ohio court.

Tianna Madison was on the winning 4x100-metre relay track team at the London Olympics. She won the gold with Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter in world record time. The lawsuit also names her husband John Bartoletta.

Madison’s parents’ are seeking more than $25,000 each in damages.

They said in the suit they have been loving and supportive parents.

 

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