U.S. Olympic gold medalist Gil Roberts banned 16 months for doping



On Thursday, the U.S. Anti-Doping Company (USADA) introduced the 16-month suspension of 2016 Olympic 4x400m gold medallist Gil Roberts after testing constructive for 2 banned selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs).

He was part of the U.S. males’s 4×400 metres crew that received Olympic gold at Rio 2016. Roberts ran the third leg earlier than passing the baton off to Lashawn Merritt, who secured the gold for Workforce USA. The next 12 months, the identical 4x400m relay crew received silver on the 2017 World Championships in London.

Roberts, 33, accepted a 16-month sanction after an out-of-competition urine pattern collected on Might 19 got here again constructive for andarine and ostarine. Ostarine is especially used for fats burning and physique recomposition, whereas andarine is used for preserving muscle mass.

Roberts argued that he was taking a dietary complement that didn’t record the banned SARMs in its elements. USADA accepted this, including the complement to its “high-risk record,” which decreased the size of his ban from three years to 16 months.

His ban has additionally been backdated to June 3, the date Roberts was provisionally suspended. Roberts has not competed because the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Team USA 4x400m
Workforce USA 4x400m relay crew on the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. Picture: CC/Erik van Leeuwen

USADA stresses that every one athletes are answerable for what enters their our bodies and will do in depth analysis earlier than taking unknown dietary supplements. “SARMs are banned always and have comparable properties to anabolic steroids, together with aiding muscle progress or retention,” reads the USADA assertion.

This isn’t the primary time Roberts has failed a drug take a look at, however it’s his first ban. In 2017, Roberts examined constructive for probenecid, a diuretic and masking agent. He efficiently appealed the ruling, claiming that he had ingested the banned substance by kissing his girlfriend.



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