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16:07 Sat Aug 31 2013
AAP

Don Ramos, an 80-year-old who was bidding for a world record at the Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships, has been busted for steroid use.

The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), known for taking on such high-profile cheats as cyclist Lance Armstrong, said on Friday that Ramos had been banned for two years after testing positive during the competition on June 14.

Ramos "tested positive for the presence of a steroid of exogenous origin" and will forfeit all competitive results since the date of the test, USADA said.

The weightlifter, who had been attempting to set a world record for his age group at the event for competitors 35 and older, will be eligible to return to competition in July 2015.