On a day where a rush of doping tests in track & field shook the sporting world, we did some looking around, and have discovered two additional Russian swimmers who are under provisional suspension for positive doping tests.
On May 15th, 2013, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency handed provisional suspensions to Anastasia Krapivina and Victoria Mukhametova while they await the adjudication of their cases. Both tests came at the Russia Cup in late April that also served as the Russians’ National Championship Trials in Kazan, Russia.
Krapivina’s test came after the 800 freestyle final on April 21st, and Mukhametova’s came on April 22nd after the 200 fly final.
Both swimmers are teenagers and had relatively bright futures. Krapivina won the women’s 800 free title at the meet, though with just an 8:45.52 it was not in a fast enough time to qualify for the World Championships. She is only 18 years old.
Mukhametova, who was 14 at the time of the test but has since turned 15, won the women’s 15-16 (more precisely, born in 1997 and 1998) class of the 200 fly at the Russia Cup in 2:20.01, which could have meant a spot on the European Junior Championship Team.
Earlier in that meet, the young swimmer was a 1:03.5 in the 100 fly and 2:04.6 in the 200 free.
The press release by RUSADA, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, did not indicate what either swimmer tested positive for, and no final decision has been released.
This is one of a string of doping cases in Russian swimming in early 2013 numbering now at least 6. Others include:
- Daria Ustinova’s warning.
- Nikita Maksimov receives two-year ban for anabolic steroids.
- Olympian Natalia Lovtsova banned for two-and-a-half years.
- European Short Course Champion Ksenia Moskvina banned for 6 years, and Olympian Ekaterina Andreeva banned for 18 months.