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Dominique Blake gets doping ban slashed

CUT BAN: Blake in 2012 (PA)

DOMINIQUE BLAKE has had her six-year ban for taking prohibited substances slashed by 18 months to four-and-a-half years after an appeal.

The 26-year-old Jamaican 400m runner failed a doping test at trials for the 2012 Olympics and was subsequently suspended for six years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

She tested positive for performance-enhancing substance methylhexanamine.

However, on appeal from the athlete, CAS said it cut the original ban “in view of some mitigating factors”.

Blake was selected for the London Games as a relay runner but she did not compete.

In 2006, she was banned for nine months after failing a test in which she found to have ephedrine in her blood.

Her case comes after international bodies placed more pressure on Jamaica’s anti-doping authorities to carry out systematic testing on its athletes.

Some of the island’s other stars, including 100m sprinter Asafa Powell and 200m athlete Sherone Simpson, have been banned after failing doping examinations.

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