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Tyson Gay Tests Positive For Banned Substances

Max Meyer |
July 14, 2013 | 1:06 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer


Tyson Gay (Eckhard Pecher, Creative Commons)
Tyson Gay (Eckhard Pecher, Creative Commons)
Three sprinters, including American star Tyson Gay, have tested positive for banned substances on Sunday. The failed drug test has forced Gay, along with Jamaicans Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, to pull out of the World Championships in Moscow next month. 

The 30-year-old Gay was the fastest man in the world this year after his 9.75-second time in the 100-meter sprint. Gay said he was notified on Friday by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that he had failed an out-of-competition drug test on May 16. 

The banned substances appeared in Gay's A sample, and while his B sample has yet to be tested, Gay already admitted his mistake. 

"I don't have a sabotage story," said Gay. "I don't have lies,  basically put my trust in someone and I was let down. I made a mistake."

Gay was considered Usain Bolt's biggest threat for the World Championships, which take place from August 10 to August 18 this year.

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The USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel also made a statement regarding Gay. "It is not the news anyone wanted to hear, at any time, about any athlete," Siegel said. "We do not know the facts of this case and look to USADA to adjudicate it and handle it appropriately."

Gay finished fourth in the London Olympics last summer, while Powell had won gold medals in the 4x100m relay at the Olympics and in the World Championships.

The agent for both Jamaican sprinters, Paul Doyle, confirmed that they each tested positive for oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships.



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