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Toth gets two-year ban

COLORADO SPRINGS, MAY 5. American shot putter Kevin Toth has been banned for two years after testing positive for the anabolic steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) and the stimulant Modafinil.

The 36-year-old — who announced his retirement in any case in February — joins hammer throwers Melissa Price and John McEwen as the first three American athletes to be suspended for using THG since it was discovered last year. Price and McEwen were given two-year bans last week.

A United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) statement said Toth tested positive for both substances on June 21, 2003, at the US Outdoor Athletics Championships at Stanford, California, and last August 23 at the World Championships in Paris.

Toth also was positive for THG at an out-of-competition test last July 27. Toth is suspended for two years from all events from May 3, the date he accepted the sanction. All Toth's competitive results are disqualified from the date of his first positive, including his US shot put crown won at last year's US meet and his fourth-place showing at last year's World Championships.

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