Mullings out of Athens Games

Updated: August 6, 2004, 12:23 AM ET
Associated Press

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings will miss the Athens Olympics after testing positive twice for testosterone, officials said Thursday.

Mullings, who won the men's 200 meter-dash at the national trials in June, won't be competing for Jamaica in the Aug. 13-29 Games in Athens.

"There's no way he's going now," said Patrick Anderson, president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association.

Mullings, 21, first tested positive for the banned substance at the national trials, and a second sample taken last month turned up positive Monday, Anderson said.

Mullings was provisionally suspended from the team pending a hearing next week. Because the Olympics start so soon, he's lost any chance of competing, said Jamaican Olympic Association President Mike Fennell.

Last week, Fennell announced that a top Jamaican athlete had tested positive for a banned substance and could miss the Olympics. He declined to reveal Mullings' name at the time, saying the athlete had the right to request that the second sample be tested.

After next week's hearing, Jamaican athletics officials will submit a report to the International Association of Athletics Federations. The international association must decide whether to suspend Mullings for two years under rules set forth by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee.

Mullings could not immediately be reached for comment.

He finished second behind Asafa Powell in the 100 meters at the national trials. His elimination from the team is the latest blow to Jamaica's athletics squad, which had two athletes drop out because of injuries.

Lorraine Fenton, the 2000 Olympic silver medalist in the women's 400 meters, withdrew from the team because of a hamstring injury. Long-jumper Eva Goulbourne also dropped out because of injury.

Jamaica is trying to best its seven-medal haul in the 2000 Games.

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