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Trinidadian Sprinter Kelly-Ann Baptiste Tests Positive for Banned Substance at Worlds

The banned substance saga has continued in the world of track and field.

Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Kelly-Ann Baptiste has tested positive for a banned substance, according to the Trinidad Express. The sprinter ultimately withdrew from the World Track and Field Championships currently taking place in Moscow.

“She has voluntarily withdrawn from the competition and is heading back to her base,” Trinidad and Tobago team manager Dexter Voisin told the newspaper.

However, he refused to comment on what banned substance Baptiste had in her system. “I can’t disclose anything pertaining to that.”

Baptiste trains with Tyson Gay, the U.S. sprinter who has seen success this year, after being sidelined by agonizing injuries in the past. Gay failed multiple drug tests this year causing him to withdraw from the championships as well. Baptiste was entered in the 100-meter, 200-meter and the 4×100 relay in the world championships with her first event, 100-meter, beginning with heats Sunday.

The Trinidad and Tobago sprinter was the bronze medalist at the 2011 World Championship in the 100-meter. She joins a long list of track athletes including Gay, Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Sherone Simpson who all recently tested positive for banned substances.

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