U.S. sprinter Rodgers fails drug test

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U.S. sprinter Rodgers fails drug test

RALEIGH, North Carolina - Former U.S. 100-meter champion Mike Rodgers has tested positive for a banned stimulant, putting his World Championship hopes in jeopardy, his agent said on Saturday.

“Mike made a mistake,” said Tony Campbell. “He went to a club with some friends in Italy and he thought he was drinking a Red Bull, but he got one of those energy drinks that had a stimulant in it.”

USA Track and Field (USATF) officials could not be reached for immediate comment on Rodgers’ status for the Worlds, which begin on Aug. 27 in Daegu, Korea.

Rodgers was yet to have his second “B” sample tested, Campbell said, adding that he understood the result would not come until two days after USATF finalized its team today.

The 26-year-old had been named in the 100-meter team and was on the 4x100-meter relay pool. He finished third in the 100-meter race during the U.S. trials for the Worlds in June.

“It is a bad situation for us now,” Campbell said. “I would surmise (that USATF) are going to leave Mike in there until the final verdict is in.”

“I don’t want anyone to think Mike is a druggie. It was a stimulant. It was not steroids.”

Campbell said Rodgers’ positive test had come last month at a meeting in Lignano, Italy, where the U.S. team had a relay training camp.


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