Wednesday, August 02, 2006

GARDENER CLAIMS DRUG ABUSE IS WIDESPREAD

British sprinter Jason Gardener claims doping remains rife in top-level athletics after learning of Justin Gatlin's failed drugs test. Gatlin faces a life ban from the sport if a B sample corresponds with the initial results, which were revealed on Saturday night. The American tested positive for excessive testosterone at the Kansas Relays event on April 22. Gardener, a member of the Great Britain relay squad who won gold ahead of the United States at the 2004 Olympics, said: "Justin is personable, I like him and he is a very good competitor, but there is so much of this stuff going on." Gatlin was a member of the US relay squad who had to settle for silver in Athens, where he won individual gold in the 100metres. He followed that up at the World Championships in Helsinki last summer with gold in both the 100m and 200m, and shares the world record of 9.77 seconds over the shorter sprint with Jamaican Asafa Powell.

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