Gay, Powell, Simpson test positive for drugs

GERMANY, Berlin : (FILES) Photo dated August 16, 2009 shows US Tyson Gay (L) and Jamaica's Asafa Powell (R) in the men's 100m semi-final race of the 2009 IAAF Athletics World Championships in Berlin. US sprinter Tyson Gay, the 2013 fastest man over 100m, and former world 100m record holder Jamaican Asafa Powell, have failed dope tests according to reports in the US media on July 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO DDP/ THOMAS LOHNES

In a day of shame for athletics, three sprinters reveal they tested positive for banned drugs. On Sunday, Tyson Gay says he was told by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that a sample from a test he took in May turned out positive. The former world champion from the U.S. pulled out of the world championships in Russia following the news, and added he did not knowingly take performance-enhancing substances. Reuters quotes him as saying, “I don’t have a sabotage story. I basically put my trust in someone and was let down. I made a mistake.” Later Sunday, Asafa Powell said the banned stimulant oxilofrine showed up in a test he took last month. In a statement, the former world-record holder from Jamaica says, “I have never knowingly or willfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules. I am not now, nor have I ever been a cheat.” 28-year-old Sherone Simpson also reveals she tested positive for oxilofrine. The athlete, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 4×100-meter relay, says she would not  “intentionally take an illegal substance of any form into my system.”

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