News out of Brazil, first reported by the Portugese-language blog BestSwimming.com.Br, is that Fabiola Molina has tested positive for a banned substance and is out of next month’s World Championships in Shanghai.
The substance found in a routine in-competition urine test during the Brazilian World Championship Trials in Brazil was Methylhexaneamine, which has been on the banned-substance list since 2009 for its stimulative properties. Commercially, it’s used as heavily as a dietary supplement and a nasal decongestant, as well as in the street-drug known as “party pills”.
The CBDA anti-doping commission determined that Molina’s use was not intentional or meant to gain any competitive advantage, so they gave her a lenient two-month suspension from her last competition, which was the Maria Lenk Trophy in early May, and will shortly be eligible for competition again. They did, however, wipe out all of her results since the meet where the positive test was conducted, which erased her qualifying standards for July’s World Championships. Before those times were erased, she ranked 12th in the world in the 50 backstroke (28.33) and 15th in the world in the 100 backstroke (1:00.43).
Molina holds the Brazilian records in the 50 and 100 backstroke, in both short course and long course, and was part of a three-way tie for bronze at last summer’s Pan Pac Championships. The 36-year old swimmer recently returned home to Brazil from a training camp in London.
Molina is not the first high-profile Brazilian woman to test positive in the last year. In September, Daiane Becker de Oliveira was suspended for two years after earning spot on Brazil’s Dubai Short Course World Championships squad.
The suspension comes on the same day that USADA released an Athlete Advisory warning it’s athletes that Methylhexaneamine is a banned substance.