The latest performance-enhancing drugs scandal to hit the sprinting world looks like it will leave the sport’s biggest star unharmed.
Tyson Gay, the fastest American ever to run the 100 meters, has tested positive for a banned substance according to multiple reports. As a result, Gay has pulled out of the upcoming World Championships in Moscow.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Gay didn’t deny the positive test. Instead of blaming it on an honest mistake, like many athletes do when their attempts to cheat are revealed, Gay played the victim, saying he was given the banned substance by a person he trusted.
“I don’t have a sabotage story,” Gay said. “I basically put my trust in someone and was let down.”
There are additional reports that five Jamaican sprinters have also tested positive. One of them, Asafa Powell, has been named, but we don’t know the identities of the others. Nesta Carter and Sherone Simpson are both rumored to be among the five.
The biggest question here, of course, is whether reigning Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Usain Bolt is involved.
At this moment, it appears the fastest man on Earth is clean (or at least hasn’t tested positive for anything). His agent is insisting that the star is not among the Jamaicans who were found with banned substances in their samples.
Usain Bolt’s agent has told @bbc5live‘s athletics teamthat the sprint star is NOT one of the Jamaican athletes who’ve tested positive
— Sonja McLaughlan (@Sonjamclaughlan) July 14, 2013