Jarrion Lawson Disputes Failed Drug Test

2017 World Championship long jump silver medalist and Olympian Jarrion Lawson has been provisionally suspended by the IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit for a failed doping test.

A urine sample provided by the American on June 2 came up positive for a metabolite of the steroid trenbolone, and Lawson was notified by the AIU on August 3 of the results. He has been suspended from competition while awaiting a disciplinary hearing.

In a statement released by his agent Paul Doyle, Lawson says that he believes the trace amounts of trenbolone found in his system came as a result of ingesting beef. Like zeranol, the growth hormone for which Ajee Wilson tested positive for last year, trenbolone is a USDA approved steroid used in the production of beef. Wilson was stripped of the 800m indoor American record she set on February 11, 2017 due to the positive test, but she ultimately served no ban.

According to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) website, Lawson has been tested three times by USADA in 2018.

In the wake of his suspension, Lawson is optimistic that he will be cleared on any wrongdoing in the case.

“We are confident that we will prove that the metabolite entered my system through contamination,” his statement read. 

“The Athletics Integrity Unit has been very helpful in providing us with the information needed to make our case. I am a 100% clean athlete and a big supporter of a clean sport. I am completely confident that a fair decision will be made in this case and I will be cleared of any wrong doing.”

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The recent announcements of program cuts to men's cross country at Akron and men's track at Central Michigan have resurfaced a feeling of uncertainty for the future of NCAA cross country and track. Here is a breakdown of where our sport currently stands within the NCAA system.

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Throughout the past years, business has combined the health and technology industries to create a society where fitness tracking has become a regular pastime. People have become more invested in their health and want fun devices to assist in that. These smartwatches and apps have made it easier than ever to know what your exact heart rate is, how many hours of sleep you get, or how far you run. However, with all the knowledge presented to you, it’s equally important to actually understand what those numbers mean to best achieve all of your fitness goals. A big part of this is knowing the different active and resting heart rate zones. 

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