South African Swimmer Given 2-Year Doping Suspension

South African swimmer Louisa de Jongh has been handed a two-year suspension, effective March 3, 2016, after a positive test for a banned substance at the Western Provincial Aquatics Championships. At that meet, on December 8th, 2015, de Jongh tested positive for the banned substance Phentermine, which is a class S.6 Non-Specified Stimulants.

Phentermine is medically used as an appetite suppressant for short-term use.

The suspension, handed out by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) is half of the four year maximum sentence for a first offense.

De Jongh, a 21-year old who swims for MATI, placed 2nd at those Western Provincial Championships in the 200 free (2:09.55) and the 400 free (4:37.66). Her time in the 200 would’ve qualified her for the semi-finals, and very nearly the finals, at the South African Olympic Trials in April, though she’d ceased competition by that point.

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John Nadon
6 years ago

Not the only one i am sure that many high profile swimmers take peds . Not caught does not mean clean. Paying docs etc is normal for performance athletes. get bloods tested and make sure you take enough just past the testers and have doc onside this mordern sport

Reply to  John Nadon
6 years ago

That may well be but I just can’t gst over some allowed banned drugs & others not . This poor kid was likely getting a bitsy chubby .& now is not just fat shamed but ped shamed .

Still Wada has a scalp to hawk .

6 years ago

FGS .She should have got a TUE for something like ‘ Dear Doc I just can’t stop eating pies .’

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