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Jamaican Sprinter Jarrett Banned

September 19, 2001

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Patrick Jarrett, the only man to beat Maurice Greene over 100 meters in 2001, was banned for two years for failing a drug test.

The Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association originally suspended the sprinter in July, after he tested positive for stanozolol _ the steroid that cost Ben Johnson his 1988 Olympic gold _ at the national trials. Officials then promised to review the decision.

Jarrett said Wednesday he will appeal the confirmation of the ban.

``The thing is a joke, it’s too relaxed because everybody was walking around with their urine and they are not marked,″ he said in a telephone interview from his Raleigh, N.C., home broadcast on Television Jamaica. ``Anything can be switched.″

The 23-year-old Jarrett finished second in the 100 at the national trials.

Jarrett beat Greene, the world and Olympic 100 champion, at the Prefontaine Classic in May in Eugene, Ore.

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