Olympic Sprinter Suspended For Positive HGH Drug Test Just Hours Before Race

She had looked impressive in winning her heat, then doping officials got her results.

7/31/2021 11:51:00 AM

She had looked impressive in winning her heat, then doping officials got her results.

She had looked impressive in winning her heat, then doping officials got her results.

Okagbare tested positive for human growth hormone in an out-of-competition test on July 19, four days before the Olympics opened, the Athletics Integrity Unit said, prompting a mandatory provisional suspension.Patrick Smith via Getty ImagesBlessing Okagbare of Nigeria won her 100-meter heat on Friday before being suspended.

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The results of that test were only received by track and field’s anti-doping body late Friday and after Okagbare had already run in the 100 heats on the opening day of track competition at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, the AIU said.She won her heat in 11.05 seconds and was due to run in the semifinals on Saturday. The highly-anticipated women’s 100 final is the last event on the day’s track schedule.

The AIU informed Okagbare of her suspension on Saturday morning, it said, ruling her out of the 100 and likely ending her Olympics. Under doping regulations, she is allowed to request that a “B” sample — or backup sample — is tested to double-check the results. headtopics.com

The 32-year-old Okagbare won a silver medal in the long jump at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and at the 2013 world championships. She also collected a bronze in the 200 meters at the 2013 worlds in Moscow behind gold medal winner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who is the favorite for the 100 title in Tokyo. Okagbare did the 100-200 double at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Why tho? Lol What is the quarantine protocol when you test positive for P.E.D.'s? Do the other sprinters now need to wear a mask when they run? Yet the Russians get to compete? Umm she looks like a man. Stevie Wonder could see she was on something. Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! — Anne Frank