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Jamaican runner tests positive for banned substances

Asafa Powell of Jamaica smiles after he won 100 m dash at the IAAF World Challenge athletics meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic
Asafa Powell of Jamaica appeared in the 100m final at London 2012 Credit: Jaroslav Ozana/Czech News Agency/Press Association Images

The former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell has tested positive for a banned substance, reports Reuters.

Powell competed against Tyson Gay at London 2012, and ran in the 100m final where he finished eighth.

Gay has revealed that he has also tested positive for a banned substance.

Report: Five Jamaican athletes fail drug tests

Five Jamaican athletes - including two London 2012 medallists - have tested positive for banned substances, according to the Jamaican newspaper the Gleaner.

Two field and three track athletes reportedly tested positive for the banned substances following recent tests at Jamaica's National Stadium.

The paper reports that two of the runners who allegedly tested positive for the banned substances won medals at the Olympic Games in London.

The Jamaican Anti-Doping Agency said it had not received any independent verification of the adverse findings.

The revelations, a month ahead of the World Championships, come after the American sprinter Tyson Gay revealed he had tested positive for a banned substance.

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Tyson Gay 'admits positive drug test'

US sprinter Tyson Gay says he will pull out of next months's athletics World Championships after testing positive for a banned substance, according to the Associated Press.

Tyson Gay is US record holder at 100m Credit: DAVE HUNT/AAP

The former 100m and 200m world champion reportedly said: "I don't have a sabotage story. I basically put my trust in someone and was let down."

Gay has run the fastest time in the world this year, clocking 9.75 seconds at the US World Championships trials last month.

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