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July 15, 2013

Big names in track fail test for banned substances

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WASHINGTON — The news came a month after another Jamaican Olympic gold medalist, Veronica Campbell-Brown, tested positive for a banned diuretic.

Campbell-Brown is being suspended while a disciplinary panel reviews her case. Track's governing body said the case appeared to involve a "lesser" offense, which could mean a reduced sentence for the 200-meter champion at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

Shortly after news of Campbell-Brown's positives, her agent, Claude Bryan, said his client is not a cheat and she does not accept "guilt of willfully taking a banned substance."

Turns out, she's not the only one making that claim during what is turning into another summer of discontent for track and field.

"The one thing I am proud of is, unlike other sports, we have quite a good record, of no matter how big you are, you can get busted if you're not doing things the right way, according to the rules," Boldon said. "This is not a sport where if you're a big name, necessarily, you're protected."

 

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