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Young admits to positive test

London: US athlete Jerome Young, who won the 400m gold at the world championships this week, has admitted he failed a drug test in 1999, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.

On Wednesday, the newspaper alleged Young had tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone in 1999, but had been subsequently cleared by the governing body of American athletics and allowed to compete at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The newspaperís website on Friday quoted Young as saying in an interview about the dope test: ďItís something that happened. Itís all past, and itís something I donít want to talk about. Not at all.Ē

Young won a gold medal in the 4x400m relay in Sydney, even though he did not race in the final. Referring to the test, he said: ďItís something thatís a closed door. I donít think about it now. Iím keeping focussed, donít let things distract me.Ē

On Thursday, the International Olympic Committee urged the world governing athletics body and the US federation to pursue the newspaper allegations about Young.

The IOC asked US Olympic officials and the IAAF to investigate allegations that Young was allowed to compete in the Sydney Olympics despite a positive drug test. (Reuters)

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