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Tyson Gay set to return from one-year doping ban

Updated: Tuesday, 03 Jun 2014 11:41 | Comments

Gay will return to the track at one of his "favourite meets"
Gay will return to the track at one of his "favourite meets"

Former world sprint champion Tyson Gay will return from a one-year doping suspension at next month's Lausanne Diamond League meeting, organisers said on Monday.

The US record holder, suspended after a 2013 positive test for an anabolic steroid, will race American rival Justin Gatlin, who served a four-year doping ban, and Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut over 100 metres at the 3 July meeting.

"Lausanne has always been one of my favourite meets, and I'm thrilled to have it be my opening meet," said Gay, noting he had been in training for several months.

The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said last month that Gay, the world's joint second fastest man, had accepted a one-year suspension backdated to 23 June 2013 after offering what it termed “substantial assistance” in his case.

He also returned his silver medal from the 4x100 metres relay at the 2012 London Olympics.

The controversial decision meant Gay would be eligible to compete from 23 June.

Normally athletes receive a two-year suspension for their first doping offense, but under anti-doping rules the ban can be reduced for substantial cooperation.

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