THE athletics world was left in a state of shock last night after two of sprinting’s biggest stars failed drug tests.
American ace Tyson Gay – the second fastest man in history – and Jamaica’s Asafa Powell both now face bans.
Gay’s A sample from an out-of-competition test in May has come back positive and he’s now anxiously awaiting the results of his B sample.
The American has withdrawn from the World Championships in Moscow next month, where he was set to duel with Usain Bolt.
And Gay, 30, said: “I don’t have a sabotage story. I put my trust in someone and was let down. I hope I am able to run again but I will take whatever punishment I get like a man.”
Powell – who held the 100m world record before countryman Bolt broke it in 2008 – has tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine.
But the 30-year-old, still the fourth fastest man in history, insists he isn’t a drug cheat. Powell, who has failed to make Jamaica’s team for Moscow, said: “I have never knowingly or willfully taken substances that break the rules. I am not now, nor have I ever been, a cheat.
“We will find out how this substance passed out rigorous internal checks and balances and design systems to make sure it never happens again.”
Female Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson also revealed yesterday that she tested positive for oxilofrine at last month’s national trials.