GloboEsporte.com is reporting that 2016 Brazilian Olympic Team member and World Record holder Etiene Medeiros has failed a doping test. She tested positive in a sample taken on May 8th during an unannounced out-of-competition test. Best Swim is reporting that the test was for the substance fenoterol, used to treat asthma, and both her “A” and “B”samples returned positive.
Medeiros backed out of last week’s Mare Nostrum circuit, citing complications with her asthma.
Neither the swimmer nor her coach are commenting to the press at this time, but Medeiros’ press office said, Medeiros is “quiet and determined to set the record straight and prove her innocence. Meanwhile, she will respect all the limitation imposed by sports authorities.”
Although the Brazilian Swimming Federation (CBDA) has yet to release an official statement, Medeiros’ club, SESI-SP, issued the following concerning the news:
“The swimmer Etiene Medeiros is one of the SESI-SP pride. World Champion, gold medal at the Pan American Games and record holder in several events, Etienne is an example for hundreds of athletes and thousands of students from SESI São Paulo. His career, a history of effort, dedication and seriousness, shows that it is worth betting on sport and invest in the education of our youth.
We, the SESI-SP family, are on the side of our athlete, and cheering our champion, who will represent us at the Olympic Games in Rio and fight for more medals for Brazil. “
Medeiros’ breakthrough performance came in 2014 when she became short course World Champion in the 50m backstroke, clocking a world record in the process and becoming Brazil’s first ever female World Champion (or individual female Worlds medalist). She went on to become the first Brazilian female swimmer to win swimming gold at a Pan American Games with her 100m backstroke victory in Toronto last summer.
Medeiros was on the psych sheets to compete at last week’s Mare Nostrum circuit, but withdrew from racing as a result of what at the time was called an asthma problem. The 25-year-old is slated to contend the 50m and 100m freestyle events, as well as the 100m backstroke at the Olympic Games.