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Tyson Gay tested positive for banned steroid, BBC reports

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New details about one of Tyson Gay‘s positive drug tests were reported Friday.

The BBC reported it obtained “extracts of a letter sent to Gay” by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency indicating the U.S. record holder in the 100 meters failed at least one drug test because of the presence of a steroid.

Gay admitted to failing an out-of-competition drug test May 16 in a teary phone interview with The Associated Press in July, the only comments Gay has made in the last two months. The AP learned later in July that Gay also failed a test at the U.S. Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, in June. Neither Gay nor USADA have said what substance or substances Gay tested positive for.

Extracts of the letter the BBC obtained pertain to the June test.

The letter, dated 23 July, states: “Using the Carbon Isotope Ratio Analysis it reported that the sample had an adverse analytical finding reflecting values that are consistent with the administration of a steroid of exogenous [external] nature.”

The letter goes on to say that a positive test for an “anabolic agent” of this kind would – if proven – be a violation of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) code.

Gay pulled out of the World Championships in July. He is under provisional suspension and will face a disciplinary hearing in the coming weeks, according to the BBC. He could face a maximum two-year suspension. USADA refused comment on whether Gay tested positive for a banned steroid, according to the BBC.

Gay told the AP in July, “I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down,” and declined to name who that person was.

Sports Illustrated reported in July that Gay, 30, had been treated by an anti-aging specialist before the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials, where he made the Olympic team in the 100 meters.

Gay finished fourth at the 2012 Olympics in the 100 and was part of the U.S.’ silver medal-winning team in the 4×100 relay. He was the world’s top sprinter in 2007, sweeping the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay at the World Championships that year.

Galen Rupp drug tested 19 times in first half of 2013

U.S. sprinters past, present trade relay barbs

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The only loss for the Americans at the Penn Relays came in the men’s 4x100m, as the U.S. team bobbled its victory away on a bad baton handoff between Tyson Gay and Isiah Young for the final leg, which led to a disqualification.

Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin gave the Americans an early lead in the race, and things were moving along well during Gay’s third leg. But the muffed handoff for the final leg cost the Americans. Both the winning Jamaican squad and the second American team surpassed them.

Young finished third, but the team was disqualified because the handoff occurred outside the pass zone. The second U.S. team of Sean McLean, Wallace Spearman, Calesio Newman and Remontay McLain finished in 39.02.

The mistake led to some inflammatory comments from U.S. great Leroy Burrell about continued problems with handoffs by U.S. relay teams.

“Well, I think we’ve got to put our team together a little earlier, possibly,” Burrell said in a television interview. “I think, we’ve had the same coaches working with these guys for many years, and we’ve had failure after failure. So it’s possible that, you know, it might be time for a bit of a regime change with the leadership.

“I think the athletes have to be the catalysts that make that happen. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to get the stick around. I saw thousands of relay teams yesterday — maybe not thousands, but hundreds of relay teams get it around. But the professionals can’t. That’s just not good for our sport.”

Rodgers didn’t take kindly to those remarks.

“People keep pointing their fingers and downing us, but nobody has ever tried to come out there and help us,” he said. “Nobody from the past. Not Carl [Lewis] or Leroy. They haven’t been out there. I can’t really respect their opinions because they’re supposed to be leaders in our sport and in the USA, and they’re not coming out there to drop some knowledge on us, so I don’t care what they have to say.”

Lewis criticized U.S. relays in March.

Gatlin was equally critical of Burrell.

“I’m tired of people who have been part of Team USA take shots at Team USA,” Gatlin said. “To put us in the same boat as high schoolers is insulting.”

Bob Costas’ report 100 days out from Rio (video)

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Bob Costas reported from Rio de Janeiro for NBC News on Wednesday, 100 days out from the Opening Ceremony.

In the clip below, Michael PhelpsSimone Biles and even Brazil soccer legend Pelé comment on preparing for the first Games in South America.

Costas finished the clip with a stand-up from Copacabana Beach, where beach volleyball will take place in August.

VIDEO: Bob Costas picks biggest storyline of Rio Olympics