British javelin thrower Joanna Blair suspended in doping case

British javelin thrower Joanna Blair suspended in doping case

British javelin thrower Joanna Blair suspended in doping case

Written by Keshala Dias

03 Oct, 2017 | 2:41 pm

Joanna Blair, last year’s British javelin champion, has blamed a “contaminated” supplement after being provisionally suspended for failing a drugs test.

Blair, who won the British title last year with a personal best of of 57.44m, has the chance to appeal and the right to a full hearing.

The 31-year-old from Luton is understood to have been in the running for the England team for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia, having finished second in the UK trials in July. Selection would have marked the pinnacle of a career that appeared to have fizzled out after Blair was a promising junior who competed alongside Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford in the 2005 European Junior Championships.

Blair is accused of breaching International Association of Athletics Federations’ anti-doping rule, article 2.1, which concerns the “presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in a sample”.

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