Both Shayna Jack’s A & B Samples Tested Positive For Ligandrol

Just days prior the start of these FINA World Aquatics Championships, Aussie freestyle ace Shayna Jack announced her sudden withdrawal from the world’s biggest swimming competition outside of the Olympics.

As we reported on June 14th, Jack stated via her social media,”It is with great sadness that I have to withdraw from world championships due to personal reasons.”

With the ambiguity arose questions and speculation, which have now been confirmed, as the 2017 World Championships medalist has tested positive for a banned substance. You can read our initial full report from yesterday here.

As of the initial announcement, as well as during Swimming Australia CEO Leigh Russell‘s press conference yesterday, the substance for which Jack had tested positive had yet to be named.

Today, July 28th, however, Jack revealed on her Instagram account that the banned substance Ligandrol was found in both her A and B samples.

Ligandrol, also known as selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) LGD-4033, was originally developed for the treatment of muscle wasting conditions such as ageing, osteoporosis, muscular dystrophy and cancer, is promoted as a selective non-steroidal anabolic agent. (Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority).

The original test was conducted on June 26th, with Jack being notified of the positive A sample on July 12th. Jack was told of her B sample then on July 19th. As such, both Jack and Swimming Australia have known the substance name for quite some time.

Per Russell yesterday, however, she said that Jack was trying to wait until after her teammates finished competing at the World Championships to announce the results of the test, and defended the organization’s policy to not speak publicly until either the ASADA, or the athlete announced the failed test.

However, this decision left sprint ace Cate Campbell in a precarious position after her 50m free semi-final, having to field Shayna Jack questions due to Aussie Head Coach Jacco Verhaeren rendering himself unavailable for comment in Gwangju.

Jack details her entire situation on a lengthy description of the situation from her perspective, which she entitled Shayna Jack Truth.

Below is an excerpt.

On Friday the 19th of July my ‘B sample’ results were in. I had felt a sense of hope knowing I didn’t take this substance and that it was all a mistake during the testing and that I could return to compete for my country and with the team, however, that wasn’t the case. As I read the results, my brain couldn’t even comprehend what I was seeing. I had to reread it several times before I felt that same pain and heartache all over again. I instantly turned to my grandma, who was with me at the time and wailed. With my legs no longer holding me up, I fell to the ground.

Per The Sydney Morning Herald, on November 6 last year ASADA issued a blog post on the substance stating it had appeared in 17 failed drug tests since 2015 despite the substance having only “scarce” medium to long term clinical trials which means its long term health impacts are unknown.

This year’s World Championships has already seen two swimmers refuse to stand on the podium with China’s Sun Yang, the man who is seeking a public CAS hearing this Fall. One of the men refusing to acknowledge Sun in photographs was Mack Horton of Australia, who says the sport has no room for drug cheats, although now his countrymate is under the spotlight.

In terms of the International Swimming League (ISL), Jack had been named to the U.S.-based Cali Condors and her status there is now in potential jeopardy in light of this news. The league has been very vocal about zero-tolerance, a policy which has shut out the likes of past positive testers like the aforementioned Sun and Russia’s Yuliya Efimova, but has also denied non-positive testers like Thomas Fraser-Holmes.

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Wondering
2 years ago

Artificially Jacked

Pvdh
2 years ago

Just unknowingly took a new muscle stimulant did ya?

Wondering
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

Mack Horton should protest the team bus….

The Ready Room
Reply to  Wondering
2 years ago

Why? She didn’t compete, unlike Sun Yang.

Steve
Reply to  The Ready Room
2 years ago

well he didn’t test positive before the world championships

Collegeswammer
Reply to  Steve
2 years ago

Hard to test positive when you smash your blood samples…if I didn’t show up to a drug test in college, it was considered a failed test. If I smashed the vials, I’d have definitely been banned from competing for the school. Try again

FranklinS
Reply to  Collegeswammer
2 years ago

Well to be fair…the smash is not completely unjustified because the testers failed to shown their IDs upon arrival – we need to wait till fall to see the final decision on the smash incident

12133
Reply to  The Ready Room
2 years ago

Well Sun didn’t compete for 3 months either after tested positive.

jem
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

Her mum’s friend probably left some in an Aleve bottle that happened to be sitting on Jacked’s kitchen counter. And she washed it down with some tap water.

TerpFan
Reply to  jem
2 years ago

Or she could have taken a substance that she didn’t know was put on the ban list

jem
2 years ago

Gotta love that classic “I can’t even pronounce ‘Ligandrol’ much less know what it is” defence.

Jred
Reply to  jem
2 years ago

Not sure if Jon Jones or Shayna Jack.

She reached for tainted supplements as well.

Biggie
Reply to  jem
2 years ago

Hahahahahahah love it

TerpFan
Reply to  jem
2 years ago

How much time should she get is she said “I didn’t know it was a banned substance”?

Billy Joel
2 years ago

Move over Texas Tap Water. Aussie Tap Water is the new thing, complete with anabolic agents.

William Charles Alexander
2 years ago

#StandbehindShayna

Troy
Reply to  William Charles Alexander
2 years ago

Sarcastic? She should just retire.

William Charles Alexander
Reply to  Troy
2 years ago

Not being sarcastic at all. I genuinely believe the poor girl wouldnt deliberately imbibe a prohibited substance and jeopardise both her career & reputation. Innocent until proven guilty. Im standing behind Shayna.

monsterbasher
Reply to  William Charles Alexander
2 years ago

What about the Russian and Chinese swimmers y’all harass for doping?. Are they also innocent before guilty?

Collegeswammer
Reply to  monsterbasher
2 years ago

I see where you’re coming from, but the distinct difference is that Russia and China have state-sponsored doping/cheating in various ways, whereas Swimming Australia banned their own athlete without the push from FINA.

That being said, Jack (in my opinion) is guilty. SARMs are not substances that are mixed into preworkouts of ANY sort, or protein shakes, or your daily multivitamin. If they show up in your blood stream, it’s deliberate. To fail on both blood samples, she is guilty.

But she didn’t compete in this meet. Sun Yang did. In rio, Efimova did.

See the difference?

Troy
Reply to  William Charles Alexander
2 years ago

I’d like that were true but I think it’s very unlikely.

jem
Reply to  William Charles Alexander
2 years ago

the poor girl! Poor Shayna!

#imwithShayna

Samesame
Reply to  William Charles Alexander
2 years ago

Possibly a tainted supplement ? Athletes need to be so careful – assuming she’s innocent for now . Hope they find out quickly .

jem
Reply to  Samesame
2 years ago

I still assume Lance is innocent

TerpFan
Reply to  jem
2 years ago

Welp by your standards I could see where that would be the case but by everyone else’s standards Lance is guilty.

Wondering
Reply to  William Charles Alexander
2 years ago

The Chinese say the same thing about Sun Yang.

And the Russians say the same about…. well, all of their swimmers….

TerpFan
Reply to  Wondering
2 years ago

I don’t care who you are this is kinda funny!

Collegeswammer
Reply to  William Charles Alexander
2 years ago

I think the failed drug test for both her A and B samples covers the “until proven guilty” stance.

Taa
2 years ago

I hope she takes responsibility for what she puts in her body

The Ready Room
2 years ago

Anyone know much about Ligandrol? Seems like something that would be difficult to “accidentally” take. Not looking good for Ms. Jack.

Pvdh
Reply to  The Ready Room
2 years ago

She obviously didn’t accidentally take it.

Samesame
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

You don’t know that

DRUKSTOP
Reply to  The Ready Room
2 years ago

It’s a SARM, it’s not something you can accidentally take

jem
Reply to  DRUKSTOP
2 years ago

These incorrectly labelled Aleve bottles!

TerpFan
Reply to  jem
2 years ago

Just use the Sun Yang defense and say “I didn’t know it was on the ban list” and get 3 months!

anonymous
Reply to  The Ready Room
2 years ago

It is in bodybuilding supplements. Not hard to get

Man of Steel
Reply to  The Ready Room
2 years ago

Not something you can get off Amazon anymore, but there’s always a chance that a local shady GNC or something would carry tainted “natural” anabolic “supplements.” If it was a tainted supplement though, it should be easy to confirm with a lab analysis.

Daniel Carr
2 years ago

What was Cate Campbell’s response to any question ?

SwimmingUpstream
Reply to  Daniel Carr
2 years ago

Cate Campbell’s response as per Australian new reports is as follows:

“I had absolutely no knowledge of this before tonight. All I knew was that it was a personal matter and we were respecting her privacy. We have to respect the process. We stand for clean sport. The fact that Shayna isn’t here at the moment strengthens that stance,” Campbell said.

“Full processes will need to be followed. Once more information comes to light we can pass judgement. At the moment, the Australian team stands for clean sport. Unfortunately, that is why Shayne is not with us.”
All class from cate- always been a supporter of a drug free sport teammate or not! Just the way it should be.

torchbearer
Reply to  SwimmingUpstream
2 years ago

Hard to argue with that response under pressure…

Wondering
Reply to  SwimmingUpstream
2 years ago

And then Simone beat her….

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