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Wallace Spearman banned for three months

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American sprinter Wallace Spearman has been banned from athletics for three months after testing positive for a prohibited substance.

Spearman, 29, tested positive for drug methylprednisolone after a meeting in Edmonton in July and has accepted the ban given to him by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

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Spearman claimed he had taken the substance in a purely therapeutic dose, as opposed to enhance performance on the track, something which USADA accepted.

The 200 metre specialist didn't apply for therapeutic use exemption before taking the medication, however, and was therefore handed the ban.

As the substance is labelled as a specified one, the sanction which comes with taking it can be a reduced one, as it was here.

Spearman is the seventh fastest man in the history of the half-lap event with a time of 19.65 seconds, while he also won world championship silver medal in Helsinki in 2005, as well as relay gold two years later.

The ban is backdated to August 27, meaning Spearman will be able to compete again at the end of November.

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