American 100-meter record holder Tyson Gay, who admitted to a positive drug test from May on Sunday, began working with an “anti-aging specialist” before the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials, according to Sports Illustrated.
The specialist, Atlanta chiropractor Clayton Gibson, declined comment “until I talk with Tyson” when asked by SI if he had provided Gay with a banned substance.
Gay, 30, revealed the positive drug test in a tearful phone interview with The Associated Press but would not say what substance he tested positive for.
“I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down,” he said, declining to name who let him down.
SI reported Gibson said he has a “board certification in anti-aging, regenerative and functional medicine,” through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
In the sports world, the term “anti-aging” has often come to signify therapy that uses hormones — usually testosterone and HGH — and testosterone precursors, like DHEA. DHEA can be obtained over the counter and is permitted in certain sports, including baseball, but not those contested in the Olympics.
BALCO founder Victor Conte tweeted this before the SI report was published:
Gay has pulled out of the world championships, where he would have been a rival to Usain Bolt in the 100 and 200 meters in August. Gay holds the world’s three fastest times in the 100 this year.
He is awaiting the results of his “B” sample and faces what could be a two-year suspension, though bans have been known to be reduced to about six months for first-time offenders in cases where they unwittingly took a banned substance.