Russian Swimmer Suspended Two Years for Anabolic Steroids

Talented 17-year old Russian sprinter Nikita Maksimov has been banned for a positive test for the substance Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone/ Oral Turinabol,  a steroid, classified by the World Anti-doping code as an Exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids.

Maksimov tested positive in an out-of-competition doping control. The Russian Federation handed him a two-year ban. His suspension is officially dated to begin as of April 3, 2013, which erases his results from the late-April Russian Championships.

Maksimov was perhaps the next generation of a deep Russian sprint group; he had a best time of 51.3 in the 100 long course meter freestyle and a 55.7 in the 100 long course meter butterfly. He finished 27th at this year’s Russian Championships and World Championship trials meet in the 100 free; only two swimmers younger than him competed in that event.

Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone is the steroid that was at the center of the massive East German doping scandal of the 1970’s and 1980’s that is reported to have been administered to some 10,000 citizens.

Maksimov now becomes at least the 5th Russian swimmer to have some sort of doping sanction, reprimand, or suspension placed upon them in the last few months.

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I wonder if this is just a tip of an iceberg


Sadly, I suspect it is. With the talent they’ve got in the pipeline, they don’t need to be borrowing medications from their track & field women. It’s especially troubling that their juniors seem to be testing positive really young- wasn’t one of the previous group a 15 year old girl?

bobo gigi

And another case in Russian swimming and often, the cheaters are young! In track and field the number is still much more impressive! I’m a little worried before the track and field world championships in Moscow this year and the swimming world championships in Kazan. We could watch curious Russian performances.

Philip Johnson

yes, the Russian women in track and field are not to be trusted..

C Martin

It seems that’s the way it is in most sports…not very often do we catch the seasoned veterans who abuse drugs, but most times it’s the youngins’ we get. My belief is that in their eyes, if you start young, you already have an advantage over the competition for the coming years. You’re only adding to the strong foundation you’ve rightfully earned. If you start too late, while you’re on your decline, you’ve missed the train. It’s sad, but I belive it’s true.


How about a ban for life. After two years he will still have a unfair gains from steroids


dude,you’re an idiot



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