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.