Jamaicans failed test for stimulant

Three of the five, 400 metres runners Allodin Fothergill and Lansford Spence and Commonwealth Games women's 100 metres champion Sheri-Ann Brooks, confirmed they had been informed of the positive tests, the Jamaica Gleaner reported on Sunday.

All five tested positive for methylxanthine, the Jamaican anti-doping official said. While not listed on the World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited list, methylxanthine falls within a category of stimulants banned by the agency, anti-doping experts said.

A hearing on their cases is scheduled for Wednesday by the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA) if 'B sample' results are known in time, the official said.

"This stimulant is found in a lot of nasal inhalers that people use," he added. "If they can give a satisfactory explanation of how this was found in their system they could receive a public warning but if it is felt it was used to gain an unfair advantage then they could get a two-year ban," said the official.

If the process is not completed and the athletes not cleared by Thursday, the five could not be part of Jamaica's team at the World Championships, in Berlin.

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