The 2015 Pan American Games has been heavy both on fast swims, and controversy, this week in Toronto, and it got the latest dose of the latter when Peruvian Mauricio Fiol announced on his Facebook page that he had failed a post-race drug test.
(translated quote below, original Spanish at the end of the article).
“Today is a very difficult day for me, because I just found out that I tested positive in the anti-doping test…I am very confused because I am always one who promotes the fair play, hard work, and with a lot of effort I get to my goals… I do not understand what happened…I apologise to the whole country, to my club, my family, my coaches, my sponsors,,,
I am with the authorities to see that is what I have to do now.”
This is a huge blow to Fiol, who on Tuesday swam a 1:55.15 in the 200 meter fly final to place 2nd behind Brazilian Leonardo de Deus.
That swim broke the Pervuain Record, as did his preliminary swim in the 100 fly of 52.25 that had him qualified 2nd through to finals. Fiol is no longer listed on the start lists for the A-Final, with Guatemalen Luis Martinez bumping up to take his spot.
If Fiol is ultimately stripped of the medal, Peru would lose its only swimming medal of the meet so far. The Canadians would benefit biggest from that ultimate loss of a medal: Zach Chetrat would move from bronze to silver medal position, and Alex Page would move from 4th place to the podium.
Untranslated Spanish below.
Hoy es un dia muy dificil para mi, porque me acabo de enterar que di positivo en la prueba antidopaje,,, estoy muy confundido ya que siempre soy yo en el que promueve el juego limpio, el esfuerzo sano y con mucho esfuerzo llegue a mis metas,,, no entiendo que puede haber pasado,,, me disculpo ante todo el pais, mi club, mi familia, mis entrenadores, mis auspiciadores,,,
Estoy con las autoridades del cop asesorandome para ver que es lo que debo de hacer ahora