Jerome Young reportedly tested positive for the banned drug EPO at a meet last month, which would be the second flunked test for a sprinter who might cost the U.S. 4x400-meter relay team its gold medal from the 2000 Sydney Games.
Young would face a lifetime ban if he is found guilty.
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The French sports daily L'Equipe reported yesterday that Young's sample from a July 23 meet in Saint Denis contained traces of the endurance-boosting drug. L'Equipe, which based its report on anonymous sources, reported a laboratory is analyzing a second sample.
Istvan Gyulai, secretary general of the IAAF, said he could not confirm the report, but he added, "If everything is correct and this is a doping offense, it is very clearly a life suspension."
Young's attorney, Stephen Chien, did not return a phone call for comment.
Young, the 400-meter world champion, did not qualify for the Athens Olympics.
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