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Olympic Champ Fails Drug Test

April 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Defending 400 meter Olympic and world champion LaShawn Merritt has failed a drug test and will accept a provisional suspension

Merritt tested positive for DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), which is a steroid legally allowed to be sold in the US. However, it has long been banned from Olympic competition. Merritt said he used the product for “personal reasons,” which are believed to be “male enhancement” reasons. Merritt has flunked three tests since October.

Merritt announced that he was withdrawing from competition, pending the outcome of the case.

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