Russian Open Water Swimmer Vladimir Dyatchin Banned for Doping

Two-time open water world champion, Vladimir Dyatchin, has been suspended for two years by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, and has instead announced his immediate retirement.  Dyatchin has told media that the positive test was a result of the substance “having entered his body accidentally.”

Dyatchin was provisionally suspended in July, 2014 from both competition and organized practices, in accordance with FINA guidelines.

The Russian federation has backdated the two-year ban to July 4, 2014, which apparently prompted Dyatchin‘s retirement announcement, telling the R-Sport news agency, “I will not compete again of course. I will concentrate on organizing events.”

Dyatchin won gold in the 10k open water competition at both the 2003 and 2007 World Championships.  He finished in seventh place at the 2012 London Olympics.

According to the World Anti-Doping Code, an organization retains authority to complete its results management process even if an athlete retires prior to their conclusion, so the suspension is still validated.


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6 years ago

Like tripped and fell on a vial of EPO?

6 years ago

Please let us know when a Russian swimmer isn’t dirty. You’ll save yourself some bandwidth.

6 years ago

You would be surprised how many times that happens, coach Erik. Just like criminals here in America so frequently buy pants a thrift shops that have drugs and weapons in the pockets. But seriously do these athletes not realize doping doesn’t just affect them? It affects all their fans and supporters, their tea,, their federation and the way the whole world sees a sport! Seriously! I’m so appalled by the uptick in doping in our sport

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