The US Anti-Doping Agency has announced that former Olympic silver medalist Tyson Gay, who was considered to be a legitimate threat to Jamaica’s Usain Bolt at the world championships in Moscow in August, has accepted a one-year suspension for testing positive for doping.
In an unexpected move, the US sprinter has since taken the first step towards rebuilding his reputation by making an immediate repayment of all the prize money and appearance fees he received since he was caught using a banned anabolic steroid in 2012.
Gay, 31, has returned his silver medal from the 2012 London Olympic games and all his medals, points, and prizes since July 15, 2012 have been wiped from the record books.
Gay set the American 100-metre record of 9.69 seconds in 2009. He was fourth in the 100 at the 2012 Olympics. His 9.75 victory at the USATF championships was the fastest 100 time of 2013, and he’d also won in 9.79 at the Athletissima Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland on July 4.
After receiving the suspension, Gay voluntarily removed himself from all competition prior to the 2013 World Championships and has not competed since. Gay, who is said to be determined to run again, will be eligible to compete again at the end of next month, but invitations to race are expected to be thin on the ground due to the drug controversy.