January 16, 2019

Nigerian 100m gold medalist fails drugs test

Osayemi Oludamola - Just a positive B-sample away from losing her gold medal. Third time lucky for dishing out the gold?

Commonwealth Games officials and anti-doping officers are locked in negotiations over whether to strip a second sprinter, Oludamola Osayomi, of a gold medal in the women’s 100 metres following the previous disqualification of Australia’s Sally Pearson.

Osayomi’s A-sample tested positive for methylhexaneamine – a stimulant with a sensationally long name currently banned by WADA, but set to be downgraded from next year – and officials were awaiting the results of her B-sample before passing judgement.

Nigerian team officials claim Osayomi’s positive test could be traced back to medication she was prescribed for a toothache, and declared their intention to fight any move to strip the sprinter of her gold medal.

After the very badly handled disqualification of Sally Pearson and England’s Laura Turner on race day this is another twist in a race dogged by controversy.

Newswarped estimates that at this rate in a couple of days there will be no eligible runners left in the 100m race to claim any medals.