Gay, Powell doping cloud tarnishes athletics

Sprinters claim innocence ahead of world championships.


Afp July 15, 2013
The 30-year-old Gay insisted he made a mistake in erroneously trusting someone he should not have. PHOTO: Reuters

PARIS: Less than a month away from the World Championships in Moscow, sprinting has succumbed once again to the shame of doping as American Tyson Gay and Jamaican Asafa Powell were caught out.

The 30-year-old Gay insisted he made a mistake in erroneously trusting someone he should not have.

Powell confirmed he too had failed a dope test, one of five Jamaicans reportedly to have done so at their country’s national trials.

The 2007 world champion Gay would have gone into the worlds not as favourite, but as close a fancied challenger to Usain Bolt as anyone could be.

He had posted the fastest 100m time of the year with 9.75 seconds, almost two tenths quicker than Bolt’s best effort in 2013.

Powell had not qualified for the worlds but had the third fastest 100m time this year and is the fourth fastest man in history, behind Bolt, Gay and Yohan Blake.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2013.

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