MIAMI, FL (Sporting Alert) — It has now been revealed that Tyson Gay’s failed drugs test was for a banned steroid, leaving the future of the former world champion in major doubt.

The American confirmed in July that he has tested positive for a banned substance, but the positive findings were not revealed.

However, the “BBC is reporting that it has obtained extracts of a letter sent to the 31-year-old by the United States Anti Doping Agency(USADA) which outlined the findings found in his sample.

Published on BBC Sports, the letter, dated July 23, reads: “Using the Carbon Isotope Ratio Analysis it reported that the sample had an adverse analytical finding reflecting values that are consistent with the administration of a steroid of exogenous [external] nature.”

Gay, the American 100m record holder and second fastest man over the distance behind world record holder Usain Bolt, at 9.69 seconds, is now facing the maximum punishment of a two year ban from racing, according to the WADA code.

The 2007 sprint double champion pulled out of the just concluded IAAF World Championships, which was dominated by Bolt in Moscow, Russia.


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