World triple jump champion suspended for one year after three missed anti-doping tests, while race walker Yelena Lashmanova banned for two years after testing positive for GW1516
Teddy Tamgho, the reigning world triple jump champion, was not expected to compete this summer after breaking his tibia during the winter, but the Frenchman’s reputation has suffered a blow after he was handed a 12-month ban due to missing three out-of-competition drugs tests.
The 25-year-old, who holds the world indoor record with 17.92m, missed tests in December 2012, January 2014 and March 2014 and his suspension has been backdated to March 17, which means the 2010 world indoor and 2011 European indoor gold medallist will miss the 2015 indoor season.
The second test, he claims, was missed because he did not hear the anti-doping officers knock at his door. The third test was because he travelled to Madrid to see his coach, the four-time world long jump champion Ivan Pedroso, and failed to notify drug-testing officials.
“The board does not doubt the good faith of the athlete. The attitude of Teddy Tamgho is more neglect and lack of diligence than a genuine desire to evade doping controls,” the French athletics federation said.
Last year he won the world title in Moscow with 18.04m, making him only the third man in history to break the 18 metres barrier.
This is not his first ban, though. In 2011 he was suspended for six months, fined and given 50 hours’ community service after a training camp fight with a female athlete.
Meanwhile, world and Olympic 20km race walk champion Yelena Lashmanova has been banned for two years after testing positive for GW1516.
A statement on rusathletics.com advised Lashmanova will be suspended from February 26, 2014, to February 25, 2016, following her positive test for the banned substance in a sample given on January 4, 2014.