Brazilian Sprinter Gabriel Santos Tests Positive for Anabolic Steroid

23-year old Brazilian sprinter Gabriel Santos has been flagged for a positive doping test, Brazil’s Globo Sport is reporting. Santos swam on Brazil’s 400 free relay at the 2016 Olympic Games, the 2017 World Championships, and the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. That includes winning gold at Pan Pacs and silver at the World Championships.

He also swam in the 100 free individually for Brazil at the World Championships in 2017, placing 14th.

He was selected as part of the 2019 Brazilian roster to compete at both the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru and the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. The swimming portion of the World Championships begin on July 21st, and the swimming portion of the Pan American Games starts on August 6th.

Santos, who hails from São Paulo, was administered an out-of-competition doping test on May 20th in his home city, which came back testing positive for Clostebol. The substance is considered a weak anabolic androgenic steroid on its own, but was used as one ingredient of oral turinabol, a staple of the East German state-sponsored doping program back in the 1970s and 1980s. It’s the same substance that another Brazilian sprinter, Henrique Rodrigues, tested positive for in 2017.

Rodrigues was ultimately suspended for 1 year retroactive to the date of the test.

As for Santos, he now has 10 days to request a test of his “B” sample in the FINA-conducted test. The test was conducted by the Institute Armand-Frappier in Laval, Quebec, Canada.

Santos finished 4th in the 100 free at the 2019 Maria Lenk Trophy in 48.53. The 5th-place finisher was Andre Calvelo in 48.74. He was included on the Brazilian roster for the World Championships as a prelims-only or alternate swimmer. Bruno Fratus (48.95) and Joao de Lucca (49.07), both of whom are already on the Worlds roster, were 6th and 7th in that race.

Santos was announced on Tuesday as a member of the DC Trident in the newly-formed International Swimming League.

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Ol' Longhorn

I’m shocked, I say, shocked.


LOL. Foghorn Longhorn?

Ol' Longhorn

That would be, “I say, I say…”

Ol' Longhorn

I think I’ll change my screen name now.


I am healthily sceptical of everything in sport, but it feels horrible to not have an ounce of trust in athletes based purely on the country they’re from. That’s the sad reality now.

Reading about Rebeca Gusmão a few years ago, and the clear duplicity of the CBDA medical director in her cheating, made me eternally suspicious of Brazilian swimmers. Turns out I was right to be; Glauber Silva, Cielo, Barbosa, Rodrigues, Santos, Medeiros, De Paula, Joao Gomes, Daiane Becker… The list is endless. Some will, inevitably, be innocent mistakes – But so many ‘stars’ from one country having an asterix is no coincidence.


Medeiros had an expired TUE i believe. Gusmão is over a decade old so how long do we have track these? When you see the list what really comes to my mind first is why isn’t more investigation done to uncover the source of the drugs. If there is some known doctor pumping this stuff into athletes it seems like this is where the investigation needs to go. Offer a reduced sentence to the athlete for this information if you have to.


Yep, Medeiros is the reason I put the “innocent mistakes” caveat. As for Gusmão, yep it was 2007, but when the medical director of CBDA is implicated (she was with Gusmão for every urine sample the passed in 2007; She wasnt present for the one she failed) it suggests something corrupt from the top and who really knows of Brazilian swimming have tidied up.



bear drinks beer

DC trident just introduced him on their Twitter today. Should he be out of the roster according to the ISL antidoping rules?


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