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China sprinter fails doping test at National Games

BEIJING – Up-and-coming Chinese sprinter Wang Jing, winner of the women’s 100 metres at the China National Games, has been stripped of her title after failing a doping test, organisers said Monday.

“The violation of doping regulations by Wang Jing again shows that there are still a small number of athletes using banned substances as they seek personal rewards,” the National Games organising committee said on its website.

The 21-year-old Wang’s positive test would serve as an incentive to clean up illegal drugs use in sports nationwide, the committee said.

Wang won the 100m championship last week in a time of 11.50 seconds, becoming the first athlete from Fujian province to win an athletics gold medal at the National Games.

According to the official Xinhua news agency, Wang tested positive for epitestosterone and epitestosterone metabolites following her October 22 victory.

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She has been banned from running in the National Games 200m finals.

Wang represented China in last year’s Olympic Games in Beijing, running in the 100m and the 4x100m relay.

Wang is the third athlete to fail a doping test at the ongoing National Games, after female shooter Li Jie tested positive for the beta-blocker propranolol and female rower Guo Linna for 19-norandrostenedione.

On Monday, Guo was banned from competition for four years and fined 15,000 yuan (2,500 dollars) by the Henan provincial rowing association, Xinhua said in a separate report.

Guo’s coach, Zhang Hui, has been banned for life, as he was involved in two positive doping cases, the first dating back to 2001, it said.

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