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US sprinter fails drug test

Published:Monday | August 15, 2011 | 12:00 AM

American sprinter Mike Rodgers has tested positive for a banned stimulant and now looks likely to miss next week's IAAF World Championships in Athletics ion Daegu, South Korea.

Rodgers, who has the fourth fastest time in the 100m this year, tweeted: "Tested positive for stimulant in an energy drink."

Rodgers a former USA 100m champion, was expected to join compatriots Walter Dix and Justin Gatlin as the USA's representatives in the event in Daegu.

He finished third in the 100m at the USA trials in June. Penalties for a positive test for stimulants can range from a warning to a suspension of several months.

"Mike made a mistake," said the athlete's representative Tony Campbell. "He went to a club with some friends in Italy and he thought he was drinking a Red Bull (energy drink) but he got one of those energy drinks that had a stimulant in it."

Campbell said Rodgers, 26, had not been suspended by USA Track and Field (USATF) as of Saturday.

Rodgers was quoted: "I'm just trying to get a hearing before Worlds so I can know my fate."

The athlete was yet to have his second 'B' sample tested.

"It is a bad situation for us now," said Campbell in reference to the timing of the result.

"I would surmise (USATF) are going to leave Mike in there (on the team) until the final verdict is in," he said. "I don't want anyone to think Mike is a druggie. It was a stimulant. It was not steroids or anything of that nature."

Rodgers's positive test reportedly came last month at a meeting in Lignano, Italy, where the USA team had a relay training camp.

Campbell added that Rodgers had passed all previous tests including a blood test several days ago.

This is the second high profile positive drug test result in a few days, after Jamaican Steve Mullings tested positive for a masking agent. The test, which was carried out by Jamaican officials, took place at Jamaica's national trials in June.