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Sunday December 23, 2012

American 800m runner Vessey given doping warning

COLORADO SPRINGS (Colorado): Maggie Vessey, an American 800m runner hoping to qualify for her third trip to the World Athletics Championships, was given a doping warning on Friday by the US Anti-Doping Agency.

USADA announced that Vessey, who turns 31 today, tested positive for the prohibited substance Canrenone during a urine test conducted at the IAAF World Challenge in Zagreb, Croatia, last September.

Vessey won the 800m title at the event in 1:59.61 but the victory was forfeited because of the positive doping test.

The banned drug was discovered in a prescribed medication that Vessey was taking in a theraputic dose under a doctor’s care.

Because Canrenone is a specified substance, its discovery can result in a reduced sanction, which was the case for Vessey in not facing a competition ban and taking only a warning and the loss of her Zagreb results.

“I took a prescription skincare product that was prescribed to me by my family practitioner, that I did not know contained a diuretic,” Vessey said.

Vessey was eighth at this year’s US Olympic trials. She reached the 2009 semi-finals in the 800m at the World Championships and was sixth in the final at the 2011 worlds. — AFP


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