Justin Gatlin

MIAMI, FL (Sporting Alert) — Track and field has been hit with a massive blow, following the news that American 100m record holder Tyson Gay has tested positive for a banned substance.

Gay, the 2007 IAAF World Championships sprint double gold medallist from Osaka, was seen as a strong challenge to World record holder Usain Bolt in Moscow, Russia, next month, says he will pull out of this event.

The American, according to reports isn’t revealing the substance, but says he was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Friday that a sample came back positive from an out-of-competition test May 16.

Gay, the Olympic Games fourth place finisher, says he will have his “B” sample tested soon.

“I don’t have a sabotage story. … I basically put my trust in someone and was let down,” the 30-year-old Gay was quoted as saying via the Associated Press.

Gay won the 100m and 200m sprint double titles at American trials last month and was back healthy again.

Several athletes, television pundits and coaches are very disappointed with the news.

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