Gatlin 8-Year Ban

Former University of Tennessee Sprinter Justin Gatlin has accepted an

eight-year ban after failing a drug test.

He'll also forfeit the world record he tied in May, when he ran the 100 meters in

9.77 seconds.

By accepting the eight-year ban, Gatlin avoids a lifetime penalty.

He tested positive in April for testosterone and other steroids.

In making the agreement with the U-S Anti-Doping Agency, Gatlin retains the right to appeal to an arbitration board in the next six months to have his 8-year ban reduced.