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American sprinter tests positive for banned substance

Former American 100m champion Michael Rodgers has tested positive for a banned stimulant. The result casts doubt on his participation in this month’s World Championships in Daegu.

Image: Don Ryan/AP/Press Association Images

THE STORY OF Michael Rodgers’ rise to the summit of world track & field had been one of the most encouraging rags-to-riches narratives in contemporary sport.

The Missourian initially struggled to establish himself as an athlete, even going so far as to sell shoes from the boot of his car in a bid to fund his training, before emerging as a force in American sprinting towards the latter half of the last decade.

Today, all of that good work looks to be in jeopardy, as the American comes to terms with a positive test for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

According to an article in the Guardian, the sprinter’s agent, Tony Campbell, claims his client ordered a vodka and energy drink cocktail in a nightclub two days prior to his attendance at the event in Lignano, Italy, where he was tested.

“Mike is not a druggie. The only thing he’s guilty of is making a poor choice… He’s broken up by this,” Campbell said. “I just told him, ‘I hope it’s an eye opener for you.’ But it’s tearing him up inside.”

A spokesperson for USA Track & Field said that the case had been referred to the US Anti-Doping Agency and a fast-tracked hearing into the matter could take place later on this week. Rodgers had been scheduled to represent the United States at this month’s World Championships in Korea.

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