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Sprinters Gay, Powell fail drug tests

AFP, LOS ANGELES

According to media reports, Powell was one of five athletes who failed drug tests at the national trials last month in Kingston.

Sherone Simpson, a silver medalist in the women’s 100m at the 2008 Olympics, was one of them, according to a report in Britain’s Daily Telegraph.

The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper claimed the substance taken may have been contained in a food supplement.

“My team and I will try to do everything we can to get this issue dealt with as best as we can,” Simpson told the Gleaner. “Thanks to all who have been supporting me, I really appreciate it at this time.”

Later on Sunday, Powell’s agent, Tara Playfair-Scott, revealed on Twitter that a man who allegedly supplied the supplements had been arrested in Italy.

“He has been detained by Italian law enforcement in conjunction with this matter. The investigations continue,” she wrote.

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