Laverne Jones-Ferrette stripped of world indoor medal
By Athletics Weekly,
December 16th 2010
The world's fastest 60m sprinter of the past 10 years serves six-month drugs ban
Laverne Jones-Ferrette - who earlier this year clocked the fastest 60m performance in the world for 10 years - has tested positive for a banned substance, it was revealed today.
The sprinter from the US Virgin Islands made a huge breakthrough this year, improving her national record several times en route to her 6.97 clocking in Stuttgart. She went on to win the silver medal at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha behind Veronica Campbell-Brown.
Jones-Ferrette will now have that medal taken away after testing positive for clomiphene on February 16 - just days after her record-breaking performance and two weeks before the World Indoor Championships. The substance blocks the effects of estrogen and can be used as a 'recovery drug' towards the end of a steroid cycle.
However, the substance is also present in drugs that help ovarian stimulation, and Jones-Ferrette - who recently announced that she is pregnant - may have been taking the substance to help her fertility.
The substance is regarded as a "specified substance" under the WADA prohibited List. Under IAAF Rules, specified substances attract a less severe sanction (ranging from a public warning to two years) than other stronger substances that carry a two-year sanction.
As such, Jones-Ferrette was given a six-month ban, which started in April this year and ended in September. Her outdoor season was highly-anticipated after her indoor breakthrough, but her ban prevented her from competing. Once she returns from pregnancy, Jones-Ferrette will be free to compete again.