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ATHLETICS: Tyson Gay gets one-year ban

Published:Friday | May 2, 2014 | 4:56 PM

Usain Bolt’s fierce rival, American sprinter Tyson Gay has been suspended for a year after testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid.



According to the BBC, his suspension has been backdated to June 23, 2013, the date he tested positive at the US World Championship trials.



That was one of three tests Gay failed, with two taken out of competition.



Gay, the joint-second fastest man ever over 100m, is now eligible to return next month and can compete in future Olympics and World Championships.



He could have been banned for up to two years but received a lighter penalty as he cooperated with the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).



"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," said USADA chief executive Travis Tygart.



The 31-year-old Gay has also returned the silver medal he won in the 4x100m relay at the London Olympics two years ago.



His results since July 15, 2012, the date he first used a product containing a banned substance, have been annulled.



In April, former world 100-metre record holder Jamaican Asafa Powell, whose positive test was revealed on the same day as Gay's, received an 18-month ban.



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