Lance Armstrong to Swim at South Central Zone Masters Championships

  16 Braden Keith | April 03rd, 2013 | Featured, Masters, News

Former 7-time Tour-de-France Champion Lance Armstrong has been banned from professional cycling, USA Swimming, and most other top-level sporting organizations after admitting to repeated use of performance-enhancing drugs during his illustrious career. Namely, any organization that falls under the umbrella of WADA – the World Anti-Doping Agency – is required by their signature on the World Anti-Doping Code to forbid Armstrong’s participation.

Among the largest sporting organizations, however, that are not subject to those rules is U.S. Masters Swimming, and according to the Austin American Statesman, that is where Armstrong will seek his new competitive outlet.

Armstrong was a very good swimmer as a child, and after his cycling career ended, he became a high-level competitive triathlete. He’s even swum in at least one USA Swimming sanctioned meet in the last few years: the Longhorn Aquatics 2012 New Years Invitational.

Swimming against mostly high school swimmers, he placed 21st in the 500 yard free in 5:08.11. That’s roughly 30 seconds away from the age group record for the 41-year old Armstrong, but still a good time.

According to the psych sheets (which you can see here), Armstrong will swim both the 500 yard free again, and this time add the 1000 and 1650 yard freestyles: the two longest events on the schedule. He is the 3rd seed in the 500 and the 1650, and the 2nd seed in the 1000.

Among other recognizable names entered in the meet are former Olympian and World Record holder Jim MontgomeryAnde Rasmussen, Masters World Record holder Steve Wood, and another Masters World Record holder David Guthrie.


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3 years 6 months ago
This is absolutely ridiculous and goes against everything masters swimming stands for. Is Lance not allowed to be healthy and fit anymore because of something he did in another sport?? I thought swimming would be classier than how they have conducted themselves thus far. Furthermore, if he wasn’t allowed to compete-why did they even let him register? Make a decision and stick with it (which is pretty hard for FINA to do as evident from breastroke rule changes over the last 10 years). But I pulled this DIRECTLY off the masters swimming site U.S. Masters Swimming Mission Statement To promote fitness and health in adults by offering and supporting Masters swimming programs. Goals and Objectives To encourage and promote improved… Read more »
3 years 6 months ago
3 years 6 months ago

FINA fight with USMS to kick him out of this competition. Amstrong finally dismissed this week from that competition.


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