Tyson Gay handed one-year ban and loses medal for positive test

Sprinter Tyson Gay has accepted a one-year ban and a loss of results dating back to July 2012 after testing positive for a prohibited substance, the United States Anti-Doping Agency announced last night.

The 31-year-old American, a former world champion over 100m and 200m and the second fastest man in history, tested positive for the presence of an “exogenous androgenic anabolic steroid and/or its metabolites” following two out-of-competition and one in-competition tests last year.

Gay accepted a one-year period of ineligibility which began on 23 June 2013, the same day his sample was collected at the US Outdoor Track & Field Championships. After electing to cooperate with Usada’s anti-doping investigations, Gay was eligible for a reduction of the standard two-year sanction. His suspension is therefore reduced by 50 per cent, while it is also backdated to June 2013, meaning he will be eligible to return to competition next month.

As part of his forfeiture of results, Gay has already returned the silver medal he won as part of the US team in the men’s 4x100m relay at the 2012 London Olympics.

An Usada statement added: “Usada announced today that Tyson Gay has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a loss of results dating back to 15 July 2012 and a one-year suspension for his anti-doping rule violation. Upon receiving notification of his positive tests from Usada, Gay voluntarily removed himself from all competition prior to the 2013 World Championships and has not competed since that time.

“On the same day that Gay was notified of his positive test result, he agreed to assist Usada in its investigation of the circumstances of his positive tests. Gay provided substantial assistance as outlined in the Wada Code including being interviewed on several occasions by Usada and providing all of the products he was using at the time of his positive tests.”

Gay’s sanction is subject to appeal by the IAAF and by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The Usada chief executive Travis T. Tygart welcomed Gay’s actions following his failed tests in July. “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 in our ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding his case,” Tygart said.

Gay’s case may also have been aided by his previous involvement in the area of anti-doping, having participated in a US programme called “Project Believe”, for which he submitted voluntarily to extra testing.

Prior to his failed doping tests, Gay had posted the world-leading 100m time last year – 9.75sec– and actually held the best three times of the year. Gay, who won the sprint double at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, boasts a career-best time of 9.69sec for the 100m, which is second only to Usain Bolt in the all-time rankings.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Software Developer

£27500 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Telemarketers / Sales - Home Based - OTE £23,500

£19500 - £23500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Experienced B2B Telemarketer wa...

Recruitment Genius: Showroom Assistant

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This global company are looking for two Showro...

Recruitment Genius: Telesales Executive - OTE £25,000

£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This publishing company based i...

Day In a Page

Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor