Jamaican sprint star fails drugs test
Veronica Campbell-Brown has tested positive for a banned diuretic
Double Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown faces a possible two-year ban after a prohibited diuretic was discovered in a sample from 4 May.
Campbell-Brown, the winner of the Olympic 200m race at both Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, is the most decorated female Jamaican athlete in history. But the 31-year-old‘s trophies could be taken away if the doping scandal is confirmed.
Furomeside, the substance discovered in the Jamaican’s sample, known as a masking agent, helps the promotion of the urine and high blood pressure and also hides traces of other banned substances that boost performance.
Back in 2008, Campbell-Brown complained about women’s sprint records being out of reach due to an era when doping rules were not so strict as they are nowadays, allowing female athletics achieve abnormal results.
"The men enjoy all the glamour because they're capable of breaking world records. Women don't have that luxury," she said then. "It's very difficult and I know a lot of people would like to see women break world records like the men do."
If guilty, the Jamaican athlete would miss many key events, including this year’s world championship in Moscow.
It would also be a huge shock for both Jamaican and world athletics.
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