Jul 18, 2013, 1:22 PM EST
Sprinters Carmelita Jeter and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce told a meet official they didn’t want to be asked questions about doping cases in track and field at a press conference Thursday.
They meant it.
Jeter, the reigning world 100-meter champion, walked out of the press conference after a question was regarding the current Jamaican doping case.
“Thank you,” she said, putting down her microphone and leaving the stage.
Fraser-Pryce, the two-time reigning Olympic champion in the 100, left seconds later, but it may have been because she felt the press conference was over.
To get round ban on drug questions I asked Frasere-Pryce how Jamaicans at Lignano camp who didn't test postive were handling it. Cue walkout—
Simon Hart (@SiHart) July 18, 2013
Fraser-Pryce trains with the same track club in Jamaica as Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, who tested positive for a banned stimulant at last month’s Jamaican national championships.
American record-holder Tyson Gay also announced a positive test Sunday and will miss the world championships.
The meet official had fun with the situation though, saying “I wanted to ask you something on the haircut” as the sprinters walked away.
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