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Tyson Gay tests positive for banned substance

ESPN staff
July 14, 2013
Tyson Gay clocked the fastest 100m time of the year in June with 9.75 seconds at the US World Championships trials © Getty Images

Former 100m world champion Tyson Gay has withdrawn from August's World Championships after testing positive for a banned substance.

The American, who won 100m and 200m gold at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, found out from the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on Friday that his 'A' sample from an out-of-competition test on May 16 had come back positive.

The 30-year-old's 'B' sample is yet to be tested, but Gay confirmed he will miss Friday's Diamond League meeting in Monaco as well as the World Championships in Moscow.

"I don't have a sabotage story. I basically put my trust in someone and was let down," said Gay. "I made a mistake. I am pulling out of Monaco [Friday's Diamond League meeting] and the World Championships."

Gay won both the 100m and 200m at the US World Championship trials in June, clocking the fastest time of the year in both events.

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