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Kelly-Ann Baptiste tests positive, withdraws from World Championships

Kelly-Ann Baptiste

Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad Tobago runs to win the women’s 100 meters race at the ISTAF athletics meeting in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)


Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Kelly-Ann Baptiste tested positive for a banned substance and withdrew from the World Track and Field Championships one day before her first race.

“She has voluntarily withdrawn from the competition and is heading back to her base,” Trinidad and Tobago team manager Dexter Voisin told the Trinidad Express.

Baptiste has trained with Tyson Gay, the U.S. sprinter who has failed multiple drug tests this year. She was entered in the 100 meters, 200 and the 4x100 relay in Moscow. The women’s 100 begins with heats Sunday.

Baptiste is ranked No. 3 in the world in the 100 this year with a time of 10.83 seconds, trailing two-time Olympic champion Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.77) and Nigerian Blessing Okagbare (10.79). She was considered a medal threat in the 100. She is ranked No. 7 in the world this year in the 200.

Baptiste won bronze in the 100 at the 2011 World Championships and placed sixth at the 2012 Olympics.

Her absence makes Fraser-Pryce and Okagbare even greater gold- and silver-medal favorites in Monday’s final. It also increases the chances of Americans Carmelita Jeter, the defending world champion coming off injury, English Gardner, Octavious Freeman and Alexandria Anderson.

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