The click-bait articles were quick to flood the internet, but authorities have cleared 20-year-old Oliver Dustin of cocaine use, accepting there had been cross-contamination of a sample that contained small traces of cocaine. Earlier, Dustin was told he had returned an adverse analytical finding for traces of a cocaine metabolite in France. It had put his first Olympic outing in doubt, just 10 days before the opening of the Games in Tokyo.

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On Wednesday July 15, Stephen Hass, Dustin’s agent, stated that the news was “not factually correct” –  to call it a positive test.

Dustin’s case is being managed by French authorities but numerous sources have stated that the case will be dismissed due to cross-contamination with another sample.

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Dustin turned some heads in the running world in June, when he broke Sebastian Coe’s British under-23 record, clocking 1:43.82 in Nice. On time, Dustin is ranked 9th in the world so far for 2021 (as of July 15 2021). He is a chance at making the Olympic final, if the young runner can find his best on the biggest stage on earth.



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