Three More Elite Russian Swimmers Provisionally Suspended; Double Digit Positives in Last Year

In what has been a real black-eye, even in the checkered doping past of  Russia and its predecessors, three more swimmers have been provisionally suspended by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency after positive tests in June.

Igor AkhlyustinAnton Komlev, and Mikhail Dovgalyuk were informed of their rights by RUSADA after Akhlyustin tested positive on June 18, 2013, Komlev on June 11, 2013, and Dovgalyuk on June 13, 2013. In late July, they were “provisionally suspended from participating in any capacity in a training camp or competition until the decision has been rendered on the case.”

The 24-year old Akhlyustin tested positive at the Russian Championships after finishing 3rd in the 200 fly with a 2:00.19. He also swam a 26.4 in the 50 fly and a 56.2 in the 100 fly, though there was no indication by the Russian Anti-Doping group if he was tested after either of those races.

Komlev, who is only 18, tested positive the week prior at the Russian Junior Championships after winning the Russian Junior title in the men’s 50 breaststroke in 28.41. He was also 5th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.8, and was a 2:21.6 in the 200 breaststroke.

And finally, Dovgalyuk’s test also came at the Russian Junior Championships after winning the 200 free in 1:49.91. Earlier in the meet, he also placed 2nd in the 400 free in 3:55.04, though there was no indication if he was tested after that race. Dovgalyuk is also 18.

The substances for which they tested positive were not divulged.

The three join an ever-growing list of swimmers who have been suspended, provisionally or permanently, for positive tests in the last year. Those we’ve posted about include:

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Tested positive at a championships is amateurish; we don’t know what the more elite swimmers are using during training.


Bingo! failing the IQ test as Conte would say.

Philip Johnson

Just another day in Mother Russia.


Forgot to add that I’ve been right all along that we need to focus our finger pointed at the russian swimmers..(and it makes no difference if they train part time in southern cali)


the swimmer in question trains full time in southern cali.

C Martin

I hope not.

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