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Morocco's Jamel Chatbi fails doping test

The Moroccan Athletics Federation announced that Jamel Chatbi failed a drugs test at the world athletics championships. He is the first athlete to fail a dope test at the championships.

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AFP - Morocco's Jamel Chatbi failed a drugs test at the world athletics championships here on Tuesday, the Moroccan Athletics Federation announced.

The 25-year-old, recently crowned Mediterranean Games champion in Pescara, Italy, had been due to compete in the 3000 metres steeplechase final later on Tuesday.

An 'A' sample from Chatbi taken on August 15 tested positive for clenbuterol, according to a statement from the Moroccan federation.

Clenbuterol, which is on the banned list, is a stimulant but in medicine is used to help asthma sufferers and those with respiratory problems to breathe.

Chatbi had qualified for the final with second place in his first round heat on Sunday.

This season he had shown a remarkable improvement, slashing more than 13 seconds off his personal best taking it to 8min 08.86secs from 8:22.16.

The steeplechase final is set for 17h50 GMT.

He is the first athlete to fail a dope test at the championships, which began on Saturday and end on Sunday. 

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