Elite sprinters Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell tested positive for banned substances on a day of shame for athletics. Gay, a former world champion from the U.S., said Sunday he was told by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that an A sample from an out of competition test taken in May came back positive.

Later Sunday, Powell, a former world-record holder from Jamaica, said he was caught for using the banned stimulant oxilofrine that showed up in a test at last month's Jamaican trials.
Jamaica's Sherone Simpson, too, revealed she was caught for doping.
Gay didn't name the substance found in his system and added that he never knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs. He pulled out of next month's world championships in Russia.

"I don't have a sabotage story," Gay was quoted as saying by Reuters. "I basically put my trust in someone and was let down. I made a mistake.
"I know exactly what went on, but I can't discuss it right now."
Gay and Powell, both 30, become the second and third high-profile track stars in a month to be embroiled in a doping scandal.
Two-time Olympic 200-meter champion Veronica Campbell-Brown was provisionally suspended in June after she tested positive for a banned substance.

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The Jamaican sprinter reportedly had traces of a banned diuretic, which is used as a masking agent, in a sample she provided to testers at Jamaica's International Invitational World Challenge in May.
British newspaper The Guardian reported the banned diuretic was from a cream she was using in an attempt to recover from a leg injury.
Gay was one of the athletes shown on USADA's website as part of My Victory, "an initiative in the fight to preserve clean sport."

In a statement Sunday, USADA said it "appreciates" Gay's handling of the affair.
"In response to Mr. Gay's statements, USADA appreciates his approach to handling this situation and his choice to voluntarily remove himself from competition while the full facts surrounding his test are evaluated," it said.
"The B sample will be processed shortly, and as in all cases all athletes are innocent unless or until proven otherwise through the established legal process, and any attempt to sensationalize or speculate is a disservice to due process, fair play, and to those who love clean sport."

USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel said it was "not the news anyone wanted to hear, at any time, about any athlete."
"As we approach the world championships, we will remain focused on the competition at hand and winning the right way," he said in a statement.
Gay posted the fastest time in the 100 meters this year when he clocked 9.75 seconds at last month's U.S. trials in Iowa.
For an athlete who has struggled with injuries, it provided hope -- and a possible challenge to sprint king Usain Bolt of Jamaica -- ahead of the world championships in Moscow that begin August 10.
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Gay won gold in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2007 world championships in Osaka but suffered a hamstring injury a month before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

He didn't make the 100-meter final.
Last summer at the 2012 Olympics in London, Gay finished fourth in the 100 meters, edged by fellow American Justin Gatlin -- Gatlin once served a four-year ban for doping -- by one-hundredth of a second for the bronze.
Powell held the world record in the 100 meters for three years prior to Bolt beating it in 2008. He was part of Jamaica's victorious 4x100-meter relay team at the 2008 Olympics.
"I want to be clear in saying to my family, friends, and most of all my fans worldwide that I have never knowingly or willfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules," Powell said in a statement as reported by the online version of the Jamaica Gleaner. "I am not now, nor have I ever been a cheat.

"This result has left me completely devastated in many respects."
Powell could have been picked to compete in the relay in Moscow but acknowledged that now wasn't a possibility.
Simpson, in a statement also reported by the Gleaner, said she tested positive for oxilofrine.
She won gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens in the 4x100-meter relay.
"As an athlete, I know I am responsible for whatever goes into my body," the 28-year-old said. "I would not intentionally take an illegal substance of any form into my system."


In the world-class time of 2:05:30, Eliud Kipchoge won the Haspa Marathon Hamburg, replacing Shami Dawit(Ethiopia) as course record holder.

At the 40th kilometers Kipchoge broke away from his last pursuer, Limenih Getachew, and improved the previous record by 28 seconds. The number one seeded Kenyan ran well ahead of the Ethiopian Getachew (2:07:35, a personal best) and his compatriot Lawrence Kimaiyo (2:10:27) to the finish.

Jan Oliver Hämmerling finished as best German in 18th place with a time of 2:27:15, but the Algerian Mourad Bekakcha won the Hamburg Championships. He improved his personal best by over a minute, running 2:27:04. Dennis Mehlfeld from the Lauf Team Haspa Hamburg Marathon was third in 2:27:55 and was also ranked among the top 20 overall.

Winner of the women's competition was the Lithuanian Diana Lobacevske with a personal best of 2:29:17, the Swiss Maja Neuenschwander (2:30:50) became 2nd and Priscilla Lorchima from Kenya (2:31: 23) was third. Lisa Hahner reached a respectable fourth place after falling down on the first 9 kilometers.

Hahner failed to qualify for the World Championships. Katharina Heinig and Mona Stockhecke were also classified in the top 10. Heinig came in with a time of 2:34:20, Stockhecke with 2:36:50. Both significantly improved their personal best, Heinig by almost five minutes.

The relay of the Lauf Team Haspa Marathon Hamburg with the twins Diana & Elina Zujew, Jana and Kim Elisa Sussmann secured best women's relay in an impressive 2:35:32 the 2nd place in the overall relay standings. Winner was the Team Leipziger Laufladen in 2:31:41.

The first winner of the day was the hand cyclist Vico Merklein - with over three minutes ahead of the 2nd, Arkadiusz Skrzypiński. With a time of 1:06:00, Merklein secured not only the first place, but also improved his result from last year by over three minutes.

The women's competition was won by Silke Pan (1:27:12) well ahead of Sabine Dittmann (1:46:16) and Kerstin Rossek (2:32:44).

12,500 marathoners and approximately 1,500 relays started at 9.00 a.m. Frank Thaleiser, CEO of Hamburg Marathon Veranstaltungs GmbH, offered a positive summary: "Hamburg has shown that running means understanding among nations.

750,000 enthusiastic spectators at the track and also the runners did not let them stop. The minute of silence for Boston and the applause afterwards were very moving moments.

During the run, our thoughts were with the victims of Boston.
We are obviously very pleased about the new course record of Eliud Kipchoge, but it is sad that Lisa Hahner did not make the World Cup standard.
The weather was outstanding as always in Hamburg and we are already looking forward to the 4th May 2014.

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Oscar Pistorius' Olympic run came close to ending on a sour note. The South African who is the first amputee to compete in track and field at the Olympics didn't get a second chance to run.

Though he was entered in the 4x400 relay, his teammate was injured before the baton was ever passed. However, track's international ruling body said the South African team was obstructed, and allowed them to move onto the final.

In the opening heats of the relay, Ofense Mogatwane became entwined withKenya's Vincent Kiilu. Mogatwane fell to the track, and grabbed his shoulder in pain. Pistorius, who was set to take the baton for Mogatwane, tried to get to his fallen teammate but was stopped by track officials.

Ghana weightlifter Alberta Ampomah hopes to win a medal at the 2012 Olympic Games despite her late invitation to the competition.

Ampomah, who placed third in the clean and jerk division during the African Olympic qualifiers, only received her invitation to the Games three weeks ago after the International Weightlifting Federation granted her a wild card. Speaking to www.liquidsportsghana.com at her base in Plymouth, Alberta Ampomah said she plans to make the most out of the opportunity she has been given by grabbing a medal during the Games. I have the hope that I can get a medal, she said adding that, im having a feeling that by Gods grace I will get a medal at the Olympics but it all depends on how many people will be in my class (75kg +).

Ghana appeared to have lost out on a place in weightlifting when Madagascar beat Team Ghana to fourth place on superior medals at the African qualifiers in March. Alberta admits she was delighted when she received the news about qualification later on. I was very surprised and at the same time very happy because I didnt expect to be at the Olympics. The Olympics is a lifetime dream, so I was very happy.

The Olympic debutant also admitted that her preparation for the Games has not been that ideal saying, its not been easy. Im cool with what we have done though. As a weightlifter you have to be ready for anything at anytime. You have to be prepared always. Im okay with my preparation and everything.

Team Ghana is currently camping at Plymouth to acclimatise to local conditions ahead of the Olympics but Alberta acknowledged that prevailing conditions are tough for her, another weather is very bad. If you have some pains, then the weather will not be good for you because it is going to be very difficult for you to train here. But its a little bit warm where I train so Im okay with it.

Alberta Ampomah first competed on the international scene during the 2010 World Youth Olympics where she won a bronze medal.

Usain Boltdid what he needed to do and precious little more in the 200-meter semifinals Wednesday night.

Bolt, working on a double-double of the Olympic 100 and 200s from Beijing and London, positioned himself to complete that unprecedented feat on Thursday night in the final. His time of 20.18 won his heat with a minimum of obvious effort, slowing to a jog with about 20 meters left.

But he will have serious competition in the final. CountrymanYohan Blakeran a 20.01-second 200 while completely shutting down the jets in the final 20 meters. In fact, he was nearly caught at the line by the onrushing tandem of AmericanWallace Spearmon(20.02) and FrenchmanChristophe Lemaitre(20.03). Clearly, Blake can go much faster – his personal best is 19.26, and he upset Bolt in this event in the Jamaican national trials – but the same cannot be said for certain of Spearmon and Lemaitre.

There had been speculation that the perfect weather conditions Wednesday night – clear skies, moderate temperatures and no wind – might spur Bolt to go after his own world record time of 19.19 or Olympic record of 19.30 in the semis. But it was obvious coming off the turn that the sprint king was not going to expend too much energy without a gold medal on the line.

Bolt already has given Blake fair warning that he will be up against it Thursday night: “I’ve toldYohan Blakethat the 200 meters is going to be different because the 200 is my pet event, I’ve said that to him already. And I’m not going to let him beat me again. Trials woke me up. Yohan gave me a wake-up call. He said, ‘Usain, this is an Olympic year, wake up.’ So I’m happy and I’m grateful for that moment because after that I refocused and I got my head together and I got my head in the game.”

Fellow JamaicanWarren Weiralso advance to the eight-man final. AmericanMaurice Mitchelldid not qualify for the final.