Jarrion Lawson, the world silver medalist in the long jump, has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for a banned substance June 2.
Lawson failed a drug test for epitrenbolone, a metabolite of the banned anabolic steroid trenbolone. He was informed Aug. 3, according to the Athletics Integrity Unit, the IAAF’s doping watchdog.
“Having now researched trenbolone, we have discovered that it is a USDA approved steroid, legally used in the United States in the production of beef,” Lawson said in a statement, according to his agent. “Lab results have shown that there were extremely trace amounts of the metabolite in my sample. We are confident that we will prove that the metabolite entered my system through contamination. The Athletics Integrity Unit has been very helpful in providing us with the information needed to make our case. I am a 100% clean athlete and a big supporter of a clean sport. I am completely confident that a fair decision will be made in this case and I will be cleared of any wrong doing.”
Lawson, 24, last competed July 22, according to Tilastopaja.org. He is ranked 16th in the world in the long jump this year.
Lawson was fourth at the Rio Olympics, where he appeared to cost himself a medal by dragging his left hand in the sand behind his landing on his final jump.
He also swept the 100m, 200m and long jump at the 2016 NCAA Championships, joining Jesse Owens as the only men to do so.
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