I've got the "shakes" just from reading this. It broke late Sunday Night...SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Surinam's only Pan American Games medalist, 800-meter champion Letitia Vriesde, was stripped of her gold Sunday after testing positive for excessive caffeine.
Vriesde, 38, the defending champion who also ran at the 2000 Olympics, was her country's first Pan Ams champion when she won at Winnipeg. She's also won silver and bronze medals at the world championships.
It was the first failed doping test at the games.
Pan American Sports Organization president Mario Vasquez Rana said the amount of caffeine in her system was equivalent to "five gallons of coffee," and that Vriesde admitted her guilt.