British Athlete facing life-time ban for using Heathrow travelator

London 2012 hopeful, Fergus Mason (33) has been removed from consideration for the British Olympic 100m squad and could be banned from the sport for life after tests revealed his qualifying trial time of 9.82 seconds set at the weekend was achieved on one of the travelators (moving walkways) at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Team GB officials initially welcomed the news that the Hampshire-based veteran had improved his personal best by nearly two seconds, and were already pencilling him in for the anchor leg in the mens 4 x 100m relay team, but eye-witness reports from workers at Terminal 5 made it clear that he had used a travelator – a practice prohibited under IAAF rules.

This isn’t the first time Mason has landed in hot water over using performance-enhancing devices – he was stripped of a bronze medal in the shot-put at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth games after video footage showed he had used a coconut.

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