Sherone Simpson: Jamaican sprinter given 18-month drug ban

Jamaican Olympic medallist sprinter Sherone Simpson has been suspended for 18 months after testing positive for a banned stimulant.

Simpson, 29, said in January that a supplement provided by her Canadian trainer was responsible for the positive test.

But a Jamaican anti-doping panel voted unanimously that Simpson was "negligent in all the circumstances".

Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall was suspended for two years.

Who is Sherone Simpson?

  • Jamaican sprinter born in August 1984
  • Won gold in the 4x100m relay at the Athens Olympics in 2004
  • Won 100m silver at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and 4x100m relay silver at the London Olympics in 2012
  • Tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine competing in the Jamaican national championships in June 2013
  • Training partner Asafa Powell tested positive for the same substance at the same meet

Simpson, an Olympic 4x100m relay gold and silver medallist, and her training partner, former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell, tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine  at last year's national championships.

They were two of five Jamaicans to test positive, with Powell set to hear his verdict on Thursday.

Simpson and Randall's bans have been backdated to 21 June 2013, the date they provided the samples.

They will both miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.

Randall, 25, who holds the Jamaican discus record with a distance of 61.21m, tested positive for the banned diuretic hydro-chlorothiazide.

Simpson had previously said that she researched the "Epiphany D1" supplement for up to 14 hours online before taking it.

She had added that nothing "raised a red flag or an alarm bell" but acknowledged that she did not disclose the new supplement on doping control forms.

The 29-year-old was training in the United States and was not able to fly back in time for the hearing.