Yes, you read that headline right. After winning the 800-meter—with a 1:58.27 American record which previously was 1:58.71—at the Millrose Games in February, Ajee Wilson tested positive for banned substance zeranol. The kicker? She ingested the substance after eating tainted beef, according to USADA.
Because of this, FloTrack reports that USADA is not suspending Wilson, but is stripping her result.
“Though anti-doping agencies including USADA typically apply a standard of ‘strict liability,’ meaning that athletes are fully accountable for whatever is in their system, they found that in this case, ‘Wilson ingested [zeranol] without fault or negligence,'” explains FloTrack.
Prior to the Games, it is reported that Wilson tested negative for the substance and when her test came back positive a week later, the amount of zeronal was so small that it was highly unlikely it came from anything other than tainted meat. Thus, USADA decided to give her a ‘light punishment.’
Because she is not suspended from competition, Wilson is entered to race in the USATF Outdoor Championships this week in Sacramento, Calif., and will be running to earn a bid to the IAAF World Championships in London.