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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Sports update: Tyson Gay suspended 1 year, returns Olympic silver medal

  • Sprinter Tyson Gay has accepted a one-year suspension and has returned the silver medal he won in the men's 400-meter relay at the London Olympics after he tested positive for a prohibited substance.
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  • COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Sprinter Tyson Gay has accepted a one-year suspension and has returned the silver medal he won in the men's 400-meter relay at the London Olympics after he tested positive for a prohibited substance.
    USADA announced Friday that Gay's one-year ban began last June 23, the day his sample was collected at the U.S. championships.
    As part of the penalty, he also accepted loss of results dating to July 15, 2012.
    USADA said in a statement that upon receiving notification of his positive tests, Gay voluntarily withdrew from all competition prior to the 2013 world championships and has not competed since.
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    Kentucky Derby field reduced to 19 startersLOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Derby field has been reduced to 19 horses after the owners of Pablo Del Monte decided to pass on the race.
    Trainer Wesley Ward said Friday the owners will wait to run in the Preakness on May 17. Ward bred and owns a 25 percent share of the colt.
    Pablo Del Monte joined the field after Hoppertunity was scratched Thursday because of minor foot injury. Pablo Del Monte would have had to start from the far outside post in a field of 20. He was listed at 50-1 on the morning line and was to be ridden by Jeffrey Sanchez.
    The No. 1 spot in the starting gate Saturday will be empty and the 19 horses will use posts 2 through 20.
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