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Ryan Bailey received 6-month doping ban

IAAF World Relays - Day 1

NASSAU, BAHAMAS - MAY 02: First place finisher Ryan Bailey of the United States, second place finisher Usain Bolt of Jamaica, and third place finisher Kotaro Taniguchi of Japan compete during the final of the men’s 4 x 100 metres on day one of the IAAF World Relays at Thomas Robinson Stadium on May 2, 2015 in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for IAAF)

Streeter Lecka

Ryan Bailey, a 2012 Olympic sprinter and believed-to-be 2018 Olympic bobsled hopeful, last week received a backdated six-month doping ban that ended earlier in July.

Bailey, who was fourth in the 2012 Olympic 100m, tested positive for a banned stimulant on Jan. 10 at a bobsled race.

Bailey said the failed test was caused by taking a high-risk dietary supplement that did contain a banned stimulant, but not the one for which he tested positive.

The standard ban for Bailey’s infraction is two years, but it was reduced following a July 25 hearing “based on his light degree of fault.”

Bailey was provisionally suspended on Jan. 29, but the six-month ban was backdated to his Jan. 10 test date and thus ended July 9.

The arbitration decision was signed July 26. The following day, Bailey competed at the USA Bobsled national push championships, tying for 19th out of 26 men.

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