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Gatlin gets eight-year ban, will help with investigation

Updated: August 23, 2006, 5:05 PM ET
Associated Press

Justin Gatlin chose to cooperate with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, a move that could help the sprinter's reputation but still imperils his eligibility for the Beijing Olympics.

USADA handed down an eight-year ban to Gatlin on Tuesday, the result of an agreement in which Gatlin accepts his positive tests for testosterone or other steroids but retains his right to appeal to an arbitration panel.

"We want to know how [the drugs] got there and see if it leads to other ...

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