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Four test positive

Washington: Four US athletes face lengthy bans after the international track federation (IAAF) confirmed they had tested positive for a new designer steroid, USA Today newspaper has reported.

The four unnamed athletesí B samples tested positive for tetrahydrogestrinone at the United States Track and Field Championships in June at Stanford University near San Francisco.

The initial results were confirmed by a B test, or second urine sample, IAAF spokesman Nick Davies told the newspaper.

The results of the second urine samples means the testing lab in Paris will begin re-testing about 400 samples from Augustís World Track and Field Championships in Paris for THG.

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