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Gay beaten on return from doping ban

ESPN staff
July 3, 2014
Justin Gatlin, Michael Rodgers and Tyson Gay ensured it was an American 1-2-3 in the 100 metres © Getty Images

In his return from a one-year doping ban, Tyson Gay finished second to Justin Gatlin, who ran a year-best 9.80 seconds in the 100 metres at the Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Gay clocked 9.93 seconds to beat Michael Rodgers. It was a decent performance from Gay, but still far from the level that made him the second-fastest sprinter behind Usain Bolt. Gay won the 100 at Athletissima in 9.79 seconds a year ago.

Gay, the 2007 world champion, tested positive last year for an anabolic steroid. He cooperated with the US Anti-Doping Agency's investigation to have his doping suspension reduced to one year.

"I'm happy to be back," said Gay. "It feels like I didn't miss a beat. Of course, I was worried about the reception I'd get."

Gatlin, who won 100m bronze at London 2012, served a four-year doping ban from 2006, while Rodgers served a nine-month ban for failing a drugs test in 2011.

"I feel very welcomed by my fellow athletes and fans," said Gay. "At this stage, I'm not very clear about where I will get to compete this season.

"Knowing what I've been through, I've been doing it for nine years professionally, I had to go back to old habits and focusing on myself. With a few more races, my time will come back down."

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