Sprint star Kim Collins tests positive for drugs

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

Kim Collins, the surprise winner of the 100 metres sprint from the tiny island of St Kitts, became the first Commonwealth Games gold medallist to test positive

Manchester:

Kim Collins, the surprise winner of the 100 metres sprint from the tiny island of St Kitts, became the first Commonwealth Games gold medallist to test positive for drugs. Collins, who captured the gold after English sprinters Mark Lewis-Francis and Dwain Chambers both pulled up injured, had taken salbutamol as medication for the treatment of asthma. "Collins declared the use of the medication at the time the test was taken but, in accordance with CGF rules, use of this medication must be declared prior to competition and verified by a doctor," the federation said in a statement. However, Games officials announced that he wouldn't face punishment. They said that the substance, used in medication for making breathing easier, wasn't meant to enhance performance and Collins was basically guilty of not declaring it. (AP)

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