August 18, 2009 / 7:58 PM / 9 years ago

Morocco's Jamel Chatbi fails drugs test

BERLIN (Reuters) - Morocco’s Jamel Chatbi withdrew from Tuesday’s world championship men’s steeplechase final after testing positive for the stimulant clenbuterol, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said.

Chatbi, who was tested after the heats, is the first athlete to fail a drugs test during the August 15-23 event in Berlin where the IAAF will carry out around 1,000 tests overall.

“We can confirm it. The athlete has tested positive for clenbuterol,” IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said.

Clenbuterol is a stimulant often used to treat asthma.

Chatbi, who won the title at the Mediterranean Games earlier this year, had finished second in heat three in the first round Sunday to qualify for Tuesday’s final with the 11th best time overall.

He pulled out only hours before the event won by Kenyan Ezekiel Kemboi.

The Moroccan athletics federation issued a statement saying the athlete had tested positive in his A sample.

He could face a two-year ban as a first-time offender.

Editing by Sonia Oxley

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