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Athlete Tyson Gay Tests Positive for Banned Substance, AP Says

Athlete Tyson Gay
A photo from the 2012 Olympic Games shows American 100-meter record holder Tyson Gay celebrating winning the silver in the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final on August 11, 2012 in London. Photographer: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

July 14 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. 100-meter record-holder Tyson Gay tested positive for a banned substance and says he’ll pull out of next month’s world championships in Moscow, the Associated Press reported.

Gay, who didn’t reveal the substance, said he was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency two days ago that a sample from a May 16 out-of-competition test was found to be positive, the AP added. His “B” sample is yet to be tested, he said.

Gay, 30, was cited as saying in a phone conversation from Amsterdam, “I don’t have a sabotage story...I basically put my trust in someone and was let down.”

Gay has run the fastest 100-meter time in the world this year, 9.75 seconds. Last month he won the 100 meters and 200 meters at the U.S. National Outdoor Championships.

The AP cited USADA as saying it “appreciates his approach to handling this situation and his choice to voluntarily remove himself from competition while the full facts surrounding his test are evaluated.”

It said the “B” sample will be processed shortly, “and as in all cases all athletes are innocent unless or until proven otherwise through the established legal process, and any attempt to sensationalize or speculate is a disservice to due process, fair play, and to those who love clean sport.”

Max Siegel, chief executive officer of USA Track and Field, said “we do not know the facts of this case and look to USADA to adjudicate it and handle it appropriately,” the AP reported.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter-Joseph Hegarty at phegarty@bloomberg.net

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