Sport British javelin thrower Joanna Blair banned after failing drugs test

18:46  02 october  2017
18:46  02 october  2017 Source:   Press Association

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The javelin thrower Joanna Blair , who represented Britain in the European Athletics Team Championships in Lille this summer, has been suspended after failing an anti-doping test .

British javelin thrower Joanna Blair has been provisionally suspended after failing an anti-doping test . Blair , who won the British title last year with a personal best of of 57.44m, has the chance to appeal and the right to a full hearing.

Joanna Blair has been provisionally suspended: Athletics - 2015 Sainsbury's British Championships - Day Three - Alexander Stadium © PA ARCHIVE IMAGES Athletics - 2015 Sainsbury's British Championships - Day Three - Alexander Stadium

Joanna Blair, the 2016 British javelin champion, has been provisionally suspended after failing a drugs test.

The 31-year-old from Luton represented Great Britain this summer at the European Team Championships in Lille but failed to qualify for the World Championships in London.

In a short statement, UK Athletics confirmed she has been charged with committing an anti-doping rule violation and said the provisional ban was issued by UK Anti-Doping.

"The individual now has the opportunity to respond to the charge against her including the right to a full hearing of the case," the statement added.

Blair threw a personal best of 57.44 metres - three metres further than her previous best - to win her British title, beating 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Goldie Sayers into second place.

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