Sprinter Wilson suspended after positive drugs test

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The Independent Online

British sprinter Bernice Wilson has been provisionally suspended by UK Athletics after testing positive for the anabolic steroid clenbuterol, and for excessive levels of testosterone.

The test was conducted at the Bedford International Games on 12 June. Wilson has the right to appeal but faces a two-year suspension and a lifetime Olympic ban.

The 27-year-old Birchfield Harrier broke into the GB team during the indoor season earlier this year. She finished runner-up to Jodie Williams in the 60m final at the UK Championships in Sheffield and reached the 60m semi-finals at the European Indoor Championships in Paris in March.

Wilson lives at Wyberton in Lincolnshire and works as a sports development officer at East Lindsey District Council. She has a Greek coach, George Skafidas, and clocked a lifetime best for the 100m this summer, 11.57sec. She is 11th in the British rankings. Jeanette Kwakye tops the list with 11.15sec.

Clenbuterol is the same anabolic agent for which the Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador tested positive. He blamed contaminated beef.