2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
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Chinese state run news agency Xinhua has published a confirmation from the Chinese Swimming Association that butterflier and Olympic finalist Chen Xinyi has tested positive for the banned substance hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic.
The 18-year-old Chen placed 4th in the 100 fly final in 56.72.
If confirmed, this would be China’s first positive test at the Olympics since the 1992 Games in Barcelona.
Chen was the 8th qualifier into the 100 fly finals on the meet’s first day on Sunday, leaving American Kelsi Worrell 9th and out of the final. Chen then improved her time and touched in 56.72 to place .09 seconds behind American Dana Vollmer for a bronze medal.
Chen and the Chinese Swimming Association are seeking expedited testing of her “B” sample as well as an appeal hearing in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which is set up in Rio to expedite such cases. The speed of those proceedings has been hindered by technology issues with the CAS website and email systems.
Under a new process by the IOC at the Olympics that they say will ensure transparency, the IOC will do initial research to decide if an adverse analytical finding was for a “legitimate reason.” Once the IOC has decided that there is a case, the CAS takes over to decide if an anti-doping violation has occurred.
The IOC then hands out any necessary punishments.
Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic, which means that it doesn’t provide any specific performance-enhancing benefits, but is outlawed because it can obscure other performance-enhancing substances. It’s prescribed use since the 1950s has been to treat high blood pressure and swelling due and is one of the most commonly-used blood pressure medications in the United States.
As of posting time, at 8:15 U.S. Eastern Time, Chen was still listed to swim in heat 12 of the women’s 50 free on Friday afternoon in Rio.