Chinese Olympian Chen Xinyi has been given a two-year doping suspension by FINA after testing positive for the banned substance Hydrochlorothiazide at the Olympic Games.
The 18-year old Xinyi tested positive in Rio de Janeiro on August 8th, 2016 in a test conducted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). According to Estadao Sports at the time, however, she failed a blood test prior to leaving for the Olympics, and wasn’t informed until arriving in Rio.
FINA, citing this being her first anti-doping rule violation, gave Xinyi just a two-year suspension: half of the maximum sentence allowed for a first positive test.
Xinyi placed 4th at the 2016 Olympics in the 100 fly prior to the announcement of her positive test. Her 56.72 was just .09 seconds behind American Dana Vollmer for the bronze medal. The Court of Arbitration for Sport, making a ruling from their Ad Hoc panel at the Olympics, already disqualified her results, and FINA ‘acknowledged’ that decision as part of theirs.
Hydrochlorothiazide, while not itself a performance-enhancing drug, can be used to mask other banned substances. It’s prescribed use is to treat high blood pressure.
The updated rankings of the Olympic final in the 100 fly are below:
|3||6||Dana Vollmer||United States||56.63|