Sprinter Tyson Gay Returns Olympic Medal, Gets One-Year Drug Ban

Tyson Gay, the U.S. record holder in the 100 meters, returned his 2012 London Olympics track and field silver medal for receiving a one-year drug suspension.

Gay, 31, tested positive for a banned steroid, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said in a news release on its website. Though the sanction was officially imposed yesterday, Gay had announced the positive test in July and voluntarily removed himself from competition. His ban ends June 23.

Gay, whose time of 9.69 seconds is the U.S. record, agreed in July to assist USADA in its investigation. He was interviewed several times by USADA officials and provided them with products he was using at the time of his positive tests.

“We appreciate Tyson doing the right thing by immediately withdrawing from competition once he was notified, accepting responsibility for his decisions, and fully and truthfully cooperating with us in our ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding his case,” USADA Chief Executive Officer Travis Tygart said in the news release.

Gay had faced a two-year suspension, which was reduced because of his cooperation with USADA. He accepted a nullification of all results dating back to July 15, 2012 -- a month before he won a silver medal in London as part of the U.S. 400-meter relay team -- and a one-year ban that began last June 23, the day his sample was collected at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

“USA Track and Field is gravely disappointed any time an athlete uses performance-enhancing drugs, and Tyson Gay’s case serves as a lesson about the consequences of making poor decisions,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said in a statement released by the governing body. “We appreciate that Tyson accepted responsibility and has assisted USADA.”

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