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Mullings out of Athens Games

8/6/2004

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.