Details are still coming in, but reports are that American sprinter Tyson Gay has tested positive for a banned substance. His A-sample from an out of competition test in May returned a positive. The B-sample has yet to be tested, and word is out on what Gay tested positive for.
In response, Gay pulled out of next month's World Championships. Gay was quoted as saying, "I don't have a sabotage story... I basically put my trust in someone and was let down."
Gay had run the three fastest 100 meters of 2013 to date, including a 9.75 in June at the US Championships. He was finally looking back to his old self after multiple injuries.
Obviously, this is yet another disaster for track and field, which is considered one of the dirtiest sports in the world. Having Gay, who had never been previously implicated, test positive is another black eye. It also will inevitably lead to speculation about Usain Bolt and his seemingly superhuman performances. It's not necessarily fair, but as we've seen, if you're an athlete setting records, you will be put under suspicion, and there's nothing you can do to convince the skeptics otherwise.
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