Cycling gold medalist Todd Hamilton tests positive for banned substance

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Friday April 17, 2009

Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton has tested positive for a banned substance and is retiring from cycling.

Hamilton says Friday that his positive test stemmed from use of an over-the-counter antidepressant.

Hamilton told The Associated Press "there's nothing to fight about." He says he took a banned substance and accepts the consequences.

Tyler won gold at the Athens Games, but that success was overshadowed by a blood doping scandal. He served a two-year doping suspension that ended in 2007.

The new positive test -- which the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency hasn't revealed -- could bring a ban of eight years or more, essentially ending the career of the 38-year-old racer.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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