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Sprinter now faces two-year ban

7/29/2004

LONDON -- Analysis of a backup sample has confirmed the
positive drug test for U.S. sprinter Mickey Grimes, who faces a
possible lifetime ban for two doping offenses.

The International Association of Athletics Federations said
Thursday night that testing of Grimes' B sample also came back
positive for a banned steroid.

"The IAAF can confirm Mickey Grimes' B test confirms the A
sample," IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said.

Davies said the case is now in the hands of the U.S. Anti-Doping
Agency, which must decide on any sanction.

Under international rules, a steroid offense carries a 2-year
suspension. An athlete with two doping infractions faces a lifetime
ban.

Grimes, 27, tested positive for the stimulant ephedrine at the
Pan Am Games last year and was stripped of the 100-meter gold
medal. The U.S. 400-meter relay team's gold medal also was taken
away because of Grimes' test.

The Chicago Tribune reported earlier this month that Grimes
tested positive for norandorsterone in an out-of-competition check
in May.

Grimes failed to qualify in the 100 or 200 meters at the U.S.
Olympic trials in Sacramento, Calif.

Grimes is a member of the HSInternational group coached by John
Smith. Two other HSI athletes, sprinter Torri Edwards and hurdler
Larry Wade, have also failed tests.

Edwards tested positive for the stimulant nikethaminde in April
and faces a possible suspension of up to 2 years. The IAAF's doping
appeal board will decide whether or not she committed a doping
offense.

Edwards, who qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in the 100 and
200, said she took the stimulant inadvertently in a glucose tablet.
She hopes to avoid a ban -- and keep her spot in the Athens Olympics
-- because of "exceptional circumstances."

Wade tested positive for a steroid earlier this year, but is
still awaiting the result of the B sample analysis. He withdrew
from the U.S. trials.