X Close


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


  1. Grrr! Science proves dog jealousy is a real thing
  2. 2014: A tragic year for aviation
  3. International community in awe of PM’s handling of MH17 tragedy
  4. Experts: Get set for an acute water shortage
  5. Boy leaves a stink on board flight
  6. Missing Air Algerie flight reported crashed
  7. Search for missing Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people
  8. Air Algerie loses contact with plane over west Africa
  9. US teenager who was circling globe in plane dies in crash
  10. Neglected Nilai teenager Muhammad Firdaus discharged from hospital