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Latest update : 2012-08-10

French runner Hassan Hirt failed a drug test and was removed from the squad at the London Olympic Games, a source in the French team said Friday. Hirt will now face a disciplinary investigation. Hirt was eliminated in the heats of the 5,000m race.

AFP - French Olympic Games 5,000m runner Hassan Hirt has tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO, a source with knowledge of the case said on Friday.

Hirt, who was eliminated in the heats of the event, failed a drugs test on August 3. He has been suspended by the French athletics federation and removed from the squad in London.

"The test was carried out on August 3 at Rouen (in northern France) where the athlete was based (before coming to the Games)," a French team source told AFP, confirming a report carried by sports daily L'Equipe on its website.

"We received a report yesterday (Thursday) which said that he had tested positive for EPO."

Hirt, 32, will now face a disciplinary investigation.

 

Date created : 2012-08-10

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