Tyson Gay Tests Positive for Banned Substance

By McCarton Ackerman 07/15/13

The US track star pulls out of the world championships and promises to own up to his actions.

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American track and field star Tyson Gay has officially pulled out of next month's world championships in Moscow after testing positive for a banned substance. The positive test reportedly came from an out-of-competition sample on May 16 and Gay, 30, was notified by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) last week. "I will take whatever punishment I get like a man," he says. "I do realize and respect what I put in my body and it is my responsibility. I'm going to be honest with USADA, about everything, everybody I've been with, every supplement I've ever taken, every company I've ever dealt with, everything." USADA released a statement last night praising Gay for "his approach to handling this situation and his choice to voluntarily remove himself from competition while the full facts surrounding his test are evaluated." Gay, who is considered one of the fastest sprinters in the world, has previously participated in USADA's "My victory. I complete clean" program with 10 other Olympians. "I compete clean because I really believe in fairness," he said in the campaign, "and besides that, my Mom would kill me! Just being honest. My mother and my sister have been great role models for me." This season, Gay posted the top three fastest times in the world for the 100 meters, and won gold at the US championships in Des Moines last month. He has struggled with injuries in the past five years and said he was "heartbroken" when he failed to win a bronze medal by one-hundredth of a second at last summer's London olympics.

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