Veronica Campbell-Brown tests positive for doping, reports Jamaican media

Jamaican press names three-time Olympic champion Campbell-Brown as sprinter to have tested positive for a banned substance

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Jamaican sprint star Veronica Campbell-Brown has been named by local media as the sprinter to have tested positive for a banned substance.

Earlier reports confirmed that a Jamaican female sprinter had failed drugs test, but the identity of the athlete had not been revealed.

Although yet still unconfirmed by the world drugs agency WADA or governing body IAAF, Jamaican media have since said that three-time Olympic champion Campbell-Brown tested positive for the banned substance at the Jamaica Invitational Meet in Kingston on May 4.

“Campbell-Brown’s A sample revealed the presence of a diuretic, which acts as a masking agent and is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency,” wrote the Jamaica Gleaner. Diuretics can be used to make it harder for performance-enhancing drugs to be detected.

“She travelled to Montreal, Canada, with her management team on Thursday ahead of the B sample results, which Friday confirmed the positive finding,” continued the Jamaica Gleaner report.

The 31-year-old sprinter, who opened her season with 11.01 to win the 100m at that meet in Kingston in May, also ran 22.53 over 200m in New York later that month.

Fans and fellow athletes took to Twitter following publication of the news to voice their disappointment and shock.

“Veronica Campbell Brown – so disappointing but nothing is surprising now #andanotherone #cleansport,” tweeted Scottish runner Lynsey Sharp, who was promoted to European gold following the two-year ban of Yelena Arzhakova for doping earlier this year.

While GB decathlete Ashley Bryant simply tweeted: ”This is a huge drugs shock!”

The WADA code states that athletes have a right to remain anonymous until the investigation is concluded and an announcement from the drugs agency and the IAAF is expected to be made next week.

The reports follow the news that fellow Jamaican sprinter Dominique Blake has received a six-year ban for her second doping offence after a positive test at last year’s Jamaican Olympic trials.

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