US hammer thrower’s ban reduced to four months

Denver: The top-ranked US women’s hammer thrower has had a proposed two-year doping suspension reduced to four months by an arbitration panel, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Monday.

An arbitration panel said in its May 5 ruling that it found believable Jessica Cosby’s testimony that she took a “water pill” to help her urinate and not to enhance performance.

The pill, given to Cosby by her mother in 2009, contained banned diuretics and the three-time US champion failed a doping test the next day.

USADA had offered Cosby a two-year suspension in 2009 but she declined and requested a hearing.

Cosby, the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials winner and seventh place finisher at the 2009 world championships, testified she took the pill after returning from the championships.

She said she was depressed because of a cancelled wedding, loss of her coach and being fired from her coaching job.

Bureau Report