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Tyson Gay banned for doping

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Gay has represented USA many times at different events (©GettyImages)
Gay has represented USA many times at different events (©GettyImages).

American sprinter Tyson Gay has been handed a one year ban by the US Anti-Doping Agency, but has just a month to wait until he can race again, reports The Guardian.

The former Olympic champion admitted last July that he had failed an out of race test, and his ban (although only just announced) ran from the date he was found guilty, leaving him just a short spell before he can again race.

However, his 2012 Olympic Silver medal that he won as part of the US 4X100m relay team has been handed back. 

Although banned, the length of it can be questioned, given the severity of the offence. Usada have spoken in support of Gay. "We are thankful he decided to come in and be truthful in his cooperation with us."

Gay, 31, is renowned as one of the fastest men to ever live, and will again get to show his abilities at the World Championships and the 2016 Olympics, to be held in Brazil. 

But that tag was not enough for him in 2012, when he was narrowly edged out of the podium places in the 100m finals, a race which Usain Bolt was the victor.

His ban is one of a long list of sprinters found to have taken banned substances. British runner Dwain Chambers was the subject of a lengthy ban, but eventually worked his way back into Team GB's squad for the home Olympics. 

Asafa Powell was also recently found to have failed a test, as well as Justin Gatlin, who suffered a four year ban back in 2007. 

The long history of drugs in sprinting continues, but groups such as Usada and the World Anti-Doping Agency are catching the cheats. 

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