Track stars Gay, Powell test positive for banned substances
TribLIVE Sports Videos
American 100-meter record holder Tyson Gay, who had promoted himself as a clean athlete, tested positive for a banned substance and said he will pull out of the world championships next month in Moscow.
Also Sunday, former 100-meter world-record holder Asafa Powell and Jamaican teammate Sherone Simpson tested positive for banned stimulants, their agent told the Associated Press.
Gay wouldn't reveal the substance Sunday but said he was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency late last week that a sample came back positive from a May 16 out-of-competition test. He said he will have his “B” sample tested soon, possibly as early as this week.
“I don't have a sabotage story. I don't have any lies. I don't have anything to say to make this seem like it was a mistake or it was on USADA's hands, someone playing games,” said Gay, who fought back sobs as he spoke. “I don't have any of those stories. I basically put my trust in someone, and I was let down.”
Asked who that person was, Gay replied: “I can't really say it. Sometimes, a human being naturally, generally trusts somebody. That's what people do.”
A triple world champion in 2007, Gay was healthy again this season after being constantly plagued by hamstring and groin ailments along with a surgically repaired hip. He won the 100 and 200 at nationals last month, setting up an anticipated showdown with Jamaica's Usain Bolt at worlds.
But that's been scrubbed. Gay, who has the fastest 100 time in the world this season, also said he will pull out of a meet in Monaco and fly back to the headquarters of USADA in Colorado Springs, Colo., to be on hand when his “B” sample is tested.
Powell and Simpson tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships last month and were just recently notified, their agent, Paul Doyle, said. Their provisional ban is effective immediately.
Powell helped the Jamaicans to the 400-meter relay gold medal at the 2008 Olympics and was the last man to hold the individual 100 record before Bolt broke it earlier that year.
Simpson won Olympic gold in the women's 400 relay in 2004 and silver in '12, along with an individual silver in the 100 in '08.
“They're devastated,” Doyle said. “I'm optimistic that Asafa's and Sherone's names will be cleared. It is a stimulant ban, which I hate to call any infraction minor — any positive test is major, in my opinion — but at the same time, it was something that was inadvertent. Hopefully, through our investigation and all that, we'll be able to show it was unintentional.”
Gay, Powell and Simpson are among several high-profile track athletes to makes headlines for doping in the past few weeks.
Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown, the reigning 200-meter world champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist, was suspended by her national federation last month pending an investigation into a positive drug test. Jamaican officials said Campbell-Brown, the 2004 and '08 Olympic champion in the 200, tested positive for a banned diuretic in May at a meet on the island.
Gay is good friends with Campbell-Brown and said at the time: “We're all accountable for what goes in our system or what goes in our body. But at the same time, sometimes mistakes do happen.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Script is it: Classic Pitt helmet design to return vs. Georgia Tech
- 2 dead, including student gunman, after Wash. school shooting
- Pirates to end spring in Philadelphia again, sign Stinson to minor league deal
- Predators winger Neal caught ‘blindsided’ by trade from Penguins
- Wilkinsburg couple arrested after baby girl dies following beating
- Ferrante trial: Cyanide order form in plain sight
- Authorities: Remains belong to missing Va. student
- PennDOT warns of delays next week on Butler Street near Highland Park Bridge
- Arrest made in connection with Rostraver home invasion
- State’s ‘public-private’ transportation deal will replace 53 bridges in Allegheny County
- Howard Hanna family donates $1M for business student scholarships at University of Pittsburgh