British sprinter Levine banned 4 years for doping


Bahamas' Chris Brown, left, and Britain's Nigel Levine compete in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (Matt Slocum/AP)

LONDON — British sprinter Nigel Levine, who has won world and European championship medals, has been banned for four years for doping.

The U.K. Anti-Doping agency says Levine tested positive in an out-of-competition test last year for the banned substance clenbuterol, which can be used to burn fat.

UKAD’s ruling says Levine accepted a four-year ban in August after arguing "one of the supplements" he was taking was contaminated.

UKAD says Levine provided two samples of a supplement for testing, but it couldn’t test them because one container was empty and the other was from a different batch to the one Levine said he’d taken.

Levine won the 4×400-meter relay at the 2014 European indoor championships, silver in the same event at the 2012 European championships, and relay bronze at the 2013 world championships.

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