Sunday, February 25, 2018

Gay loses out to Gatlin on return


Former world 100 metres champion Tyson Gay finished second behind fellow American Justin Gatlin on his return to competition after a one-year doping ban at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting yesterday.

Gatlin, the 2004 Athens Olympics gold medallist who was later banned for four years for doping, clocked a season’s best 9.80 seconds while Gay clocked 9.93. American champion Mike Rodgers, who has also served a drugs suspension, was third in 9.98.

Gay was cleared to compete in the Swiss lakeside city after the international federation decided it would not contest the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to halve his ban. The 2007 world gold medallist tested positive for a steroid at last year’s US championships.

“I’m happy to be back on the circuit, I didn’t miss a beat,” Gay told reporters.