Chinese Butterflyer Chen Xinyi Fails Doping Test, Brazilian Site Says

Chinese butterflyer Chen Xinyi has failed an anti-doping test taken prior to the Rio Olympics, a Brazilian website is reporting.

Estadao Sports reports that Chen failed a blood test before heading to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics. Chen was reportedly informed of the positive test on Tuesday of this week, and appealed the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which is expected to rule Thursday night.

CAS has not yet returned our query asking if they are indeed hearing a case involving Chen.

Chen was China’s top 100 butterflyer, swimming to 4th place in the 100 fly and missing the bronze medal by just .09 seconds. She’s also the likely butterflyer on China’s 4×100 medley relay, but if the allegations of a failed doping test are true, that spot could be in jeopardy.

If Chen does serve an immediate suspension, she’ll be off the relay for sure. Even if her status is still up in the air, China may elect to use Lu Ying instead, because if Chen is eventually suspended, the team could be stripped of any medals it earns due to her leg being compromised.

Lu isn’t much of a step down from Chen – she was 56.76 to Chen’s 56.72 and the two finished 4th and 5th in the 100 fly final. Chen is also slated to swim the 50 free tomorrow.

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Kaez

how are people so dumb to dope RIGHT before the olympics, did they think they wouldnt be caught?

Attila the Hunt

The chinese brought a whole luggage full of HGH vials into 1998 Perth World Championships.

Tom from Chicago

Doping is not a victimless crime. Xinyi prevented American Kelsi Worrell from swimming in an Olympic final. Not cool.

mcgillrocks

Not only that but if this hadn’t been announced then the entire Chinese medley relay might have been eventually DQ’ed. Now that they know they can use Yu Ling and avoid having the whole relay out, whereas if this hadn’t come out the whole relay would likely have lost.

Wahooswimfan

Lets hear the details, but likely from when she was training with the national team – makes you wonder how many were tested and whether others may have also been doping.

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