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Capel accepts two-year ban

3 July 2006
www.world-track.org

Sprinter John Capel has accepted a two-year suspension after testing positive for marijuana, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Friday.

Capel, 27, tested positive Feb. 18 at the Norwich Union Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham, England. He was stripped of his fifth-place finish in the 60 meters and third-place finish in the 200 there.

The start of his two-year suspension was set back to March 15, when track's world governing body imposed a provisional suspension, USADA said.

In 2004, Capel tested positive for marijuana at the Team Challenge Cup in Munich, Germany, and received a public warning because it was his first offense. That led to his replacement on the U.S. 400 relay team at the Athens Olympics.

Capel, a former wide receiver, was selected by the Chicago Bears in 2001 but tested positive for marijuana at the draft combine. The Bears dropped him after he was charged with marijuana possession.

Capel was a favorite in the 200 at the 2000 Sydney Olympics but finished last in the final. Later, he said he had gone out partying with friends the night before.



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