Mullings found guilty, could face lifetime ban

Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings could be banned for life after being found guilty of a second doping offence

Posted on November 17, 2011 by
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Steve Mullings (Randy Miyazaki)

Jamaica’s Steve Mullings will find out his punishment on Monday after being found guilty of a second doping offence.

The sprinter tested positive for the substance furosemide, a masking agent, at the Jamaican Trials back in June, where he finished first in the 200m and third in the 100m, just one hundredth of a second behind Yohan Blake, who went on to win the world title in Daegu.

Mullings was taken off the Jamaican team for the World Championships and provisionally suspended, pending today’s hearing in Kingston. The three-man Jamaica Anti-Doping disciplinary panel was satisfied with the evidence and said Mullings’ – who was not present at the hearing – failed to prove that any breach had occurred.

It was Mullings’ second career doping offence. As a college student in 2004 – a year in which his times improved from 10.28/20.36 to wind-assisted sub-10 and sub-20 clockings – he was found to have elevated levels of testosterone and was banned for two years.

A couple years after his return, Mullings joined Lance Brauman’s stable – a training group that includes American record-holder Tyson Gay. Mullings gradually improved and made the 2009 world 200m final, finishing fifth with a personal best of 19.98.

His upward curve continued and he made a significant breakthrough over 100m this year. Having never before dipped under 10 seconds with legal wind, Mullings broke that barrier on seven occasions, his fastest being a 9.80 clocking at the Pre Classic in Eugene.

He also finished a close second to Usain Bolt in Ostrava and beat his training partner Gay at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York.

Mullings’ last competitive appearance was at the Terra Sarda meeting in Arzana, Italy, where he won a sprint double in 9.93 and 20.22.

Under IAAF and WADA rules, two doping offences incur a lifetime ban. There is, however, a precedent for more lenient sentences, with the likes of Justin Gatlin returning to action after four years, despite two doping offences.

4 Responses to “Mullings found guilty, could face lifetime ban”

  1. MasterG says:

    A four year ban at his age is equivalent to a lifetime ban because he will most likely never return to form

  2. fit man says:

    to make a world or olympic final is a huge honnor to any athlete. These athletes are keeping honnest athletes from the finals and there is no excuse. They argue that they do the training,,, fair enough if i took a load of gear and was able to train 5-6 hours a day (of quality training), ya i would improve massively too. Bottom line its cheating. No mercy!!!

  3. Bill says:

    Just think everyone, "ask 10 people at D1 level in college if they could do drugs and become an olympian most of them would". Our sport is a product of cheap fixes. It was once a product of patience and hard work. Now it's about money not the sport. To all the cheats fuck off. Get all the drug cheats and put them on a boat and make them jump off the bow. It would be easier that facing the shame. Most importantly, fine the agents, coaches, that would fix the shit. Make the coaches pay a price. No more cheats. Bill

  4. Kevin O'Neill says:

    Sadly, drug tests are not infallible – remember Dianne Modahl and others. Until (if ever) this issue is resolved, there will always be doubts either way. And it spoils this great sport.

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