Two former 100m relay medallists, who were stripped of their silver medals after one tested positive for a banned substance, are now set to try their luck at another sport, as they get set to compete in this week’s USA Bobsled National Push Championships.
Former world 100m champion Tyson Gay and the rest of his USA teammates were stripped of their 4x100m relay silver medals that they won during the Olympic Games in London 2012 after Gay tested positive for a banned substance at the World Championships several months later.
The former 100m record holder, who admitted to taking the substance that cost him the silver medal, although he blamed it on an unspecified third party, will be joined at the Championships by former teammate Ryan Bailey.
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27-year-old Bailey has claimed he is “still not over” having his medal taken away from him, but looks to start a new career chapter when the Bobsled National Push Championships start this Wednesday in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Bailey goes into the competition in good form after winning the dry land preliminary Push Championships last month in Lake Placid, New York.
Former teammate Gay will be looking to put previous Olympic issues behind him, as the joint second fastest sprinter in 100m history hopes to win himself a place in the US national bobsledding team.
Gay had returned to this summer’s Olympics in Rio, winning a bronze medal this time, again in the 4x100m meter race.
However, team USA and Gay were stripped AGAIN of a medal after team mate Justin Gatlin was deemed to have committed a violation during the baton exchange.
Gay will be hoping his bobsleigh luck is better than his track luck.