This Day In Sports History (July 15th) — Safeco Field
Tyson Gay Tests Positive: You Think Sprinting Has a Doping Problem? (Image)
Over the weekend it was reported that US sprinter Tyson Gay had pulled himself from next month’s world championships in Moscow after testing positive for a banned substance.
At some point late last week, Gay was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that his May 16 out-of-competition test had come back positive. He will have his B sample tested within the next week or so.
During a phone conversation, Gay wouldn’t say exactly what he tested positive for, but he did make the following comment:
“I don’t have a sabotage story. I don’t have any lies. I don’t have anything to say to make this seem like it was a mistake or it was on USADA’s hands, someone playing games. I don’t have any of those stories. I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down.”
Gay may have done the right thing by refusing to deny the allegations or make excuses for himself, but his admission of guilt still doesn’t hide the fact that, much like baseball and cycling, the sport of sprinting also has a serious doping problem.
How serious? Check out this graphic listing the fastest 100-meter sprints of all-time. Every sprinter on this list that has been caught with a banned substance at some point in their career has a red line through his name, leaving just two of the top eight names unmarked (although, Maurice Greene does have a question mark next to his name):
I told you it was a serious problem.