T&T SPRINTER: Semoy Hackett

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LSU confirms Hackett positive

By Kwame Laurence kwame.laurence@trinidadexpress.com

Louisiana State University (LSU) has confirmed that Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Semoy Hackett tested positive for the banned stimulant, Methylhexaneamine, at the 2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, in Iowa, USA.

Responding to a query from National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAA) president Ephraim Serrette, LSU head coach Dennis Shaver said that Hackett did in fact have a positive test at the June 6-9 NCAA Championships, resulting in the disqualification of the athlete and forfeiture of the women's team title.

NAAA secretary Allan Baboolal told the Sunday Express, yesterday, that he contacted the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and was told by Thomas Capdevielle, a member of the Medical & Anti-Doping Department, that the IAAF has nothing recorded in the case between LSU and the NCAA.

"He has confirmed there is no case against Semoy," Baboolal explained, "but will investigate and respond to the NAAA."

On August 13, 2011, Hackett tested positive for the same stimulant, Methylhexaneamine, at the National Track and Field Championships, held at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. She served a six-month ban, from September 16, 2011 to March 16, 2012.

All Hackett's performances, from the day of her positive test, August 13, to the end of her ban, were struck from the records.

Hackett, who turns 24 on Tuesday, shrugged off that setback to enjoy a successful 2012 season. The high point came at the Olympic Games, in London, England, where she reached the women's 200 metres final, finishing eighth in the championship race.

At the NCAA Championships, Hackett bagged bronze in the 100m, finished fifth in the 200m, and helped LSU to gold in the 4x100m relay. All three results have been voided.

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