US Sprinter Tyson Gay Tests Positive for Drugs

Pulls out of world meet after banned substance turns up

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 14, 2013 11:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – American 100-meter record holder Tyson Gay tested positive for a banned substance and said he will pull out of the world championships next month in Moscow. Gay wouldn't reveal the substance in a phone conversation from Amsterdam today, but he said he was notified by the US Anti-Doping Agency last week that a sample came back positive from a May 16 out-of-competition test. He said he will have his "B" sample tested soon, possibly as early as this week, and will then accept any punishment he receives.

"I don't have a sabotage story. I don't have any lies. I don't have anything to say to make this seem like it was a mistake or it was on USADA's hands, someone playing games," said Gay, who fought back sobs as he spoke. "I don't have any of those stories." But he does have an excuse of some sort: "I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down." Asked who that person was, Gay replied: "I can't really say it. Sometimes a human being naturally, generally trusts somebody. That's what people do."

In this 2009 file photo, Tyson Gay celebrates with the U.S. flag after the men's 100m final during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin.
In this 2009 file photo, Tyson Gay celebrates with the U.S. flag after the men's 100m final during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin.   (Anja Niedringhaus)
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