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ATHLETICS: Gatlin says sport still credible despite failed drug tests

Published:Friday | July 19, 2013 | 8:53 AM

American sprinter Justin Gatlin says he still believes in the credibility of athletics despite Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell failing drug tests.



The 2004 Olympic gold medallist served a four-year ban from 2006 after testing positive for a banned substance.



Former world champion Gay and ex-100 metres world record holder Powell have now failed tests but Gatlin says the sport has recovered from similar setbacks.

The 31-year-old Gatlin says he still believes in the sport and the world just have to deal with it.



Gatlin has faced intense criticism since his positive test for testosterone and does not expect the attention to be diverted away from him.



Gatlin's countryman Gay, the joint-second fastest man ever over 100 metres, was told by the US Anti-Doping Agency last week that his ‘A’ sample from an out-of-competition test in May was positive.



Powell and the all-time fourth quickest, tested positive for a banned stimulant at the Jamaican World Championships trials.



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