Wang Lizhuo, One Of Warned Swimmers, Takes 100 Breast JWR & Chinese NR


  • April 3rd-10th, 2016
  • Foshan, Guangdong, China
  • Foshan Century Lotus Swimming & Diving Hall
  • Live video

Last week, the China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) announced that six Chinese swimmers had recently tested positive for banned substances. One of those swimmers was Chinese National Record holder and World Junior Record holder Wang Lizhuo, who tested positive for clenbuterol in the fall of 2015. He received only a warning, and his team had to pay a fine. FINA is still considering whether or not to appeal the Chinese agency’s decision.

Amid controversy over CHINADA’s handling of the situation, the Chinese Olympic Swimming Trials rage on. Earlier today Wang, who was born in 1999, broke his own Chinese National Record and World Junior Record in the 100 breaststroke, swimming 59.64 to defend his title from the Chinese Fall National Championships in September. That swim from last season made him both the first Chinese swimmer and the first junior swimmer ever under a minute.

His swim from today also moves him from fifth to fourth in the world rankings, with only Cameron van der Burgh, Adam Peaty, and Felipe Silva sitting ahead of him. Wang is well-within striking distance of Silva’s best time this season, a 59.56. Peaty is second with 59.28 and van der Burgh is the only swimmer under 59 this season with his 58.97 from the FINA World Cup meet in Paris-Chartreus.

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bobo gigi
5 years ago

Tested positive for clenbuterol and a few months later breaks Chinese national record and world junior record.
I don’t know if I must laugh or cry. 😆 😥

Stay Human
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

It’s an Olympic year, so I think crying is in order.

Slap On The Wrist
5 years ago

Wang Lizhui gets a warning for testing positive for clenbuterol yet there are documented cases of other swimmers testing positive with suspensions for this drug as follows:

Katrin Krabbe – German Swimmer – three year suspension – missed 1992 Olympics
Jessica Hardy – USA Swimmer – one year suspension – missed 2008 Olympics

Clenbuterol is a drug used to treat breathing disorders. It has long lasting positive effects that increases aerobic capacity and oxygen transportation to the body’s muscle. Both of these advantages would help Wang Lizhui perform at a higher level!

What is the point of having a banned substance unless the governing agency suspends the athlete when tested positive?

Based upon the above it looks like CHINADA’s… Read more »

Slap On The Wrist
Reply to  Slap On The Wrist
5 years ago

Wait….I forgot that FINA is waiting to consider an appeal of the CHINADA decision! Maybe they are waiting for the CHECK TO CLEAR before they reconsider the punishment?

Victor P
Reply to  Slap On The Wrist
5 years ago

Once again, FINA is murky on the concept of moral clarity. Keep bringing shame to our sport and its participants!

5 years ago

The way they treat Chinese swimmers is so unfair to others around the world. Somehow, they always manage to get warnings or a shorter suspension than others. Jess Hardy should’ve been able to compete in Beijing, but oh well. She definitely would’ve won 100 breast.

Stay Human
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

I don’t know for sure, but after reading a lot, I tend to believe Hardy’s account that she didn’t know she was ingesting Clenbuterol. But to me that in no way excuses her from ultimate responsibility for what she ingests, so I think the decision to suspend her through the Olympics was the correct one.

5 years ago

There is no way they are going to allow this guy to compete in Rio. This is a big moment for USA swimming to draw the line in the sand and see who is serious about clean swimming competitions.

5 years ago

Should be banned. The Chinese cheat whether it’s performance enhancing drugs lying about birthdays. They are pathetic. Fina must be getting paid .

5 years ago

Going by past experience, they must be trying to figure out how to name him swimmer of the meet.

ct swim fan
5 years ago

FINA is appealing? I thought they were in charge.

Reply to  ct swim fan
5 years ago

ct swim fan – this is a common misunderstanding, and we try to clear it up as frequently as possible: when it comes to anti-doping, the World Anti-Doping Code is the ultimate authority. Not the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA), just the World Anti-Doping Code. FINA or WADA cannot simply overrule CHINADA’s decision. They can, however, appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Reply to  Braden Keith
5 years ago

Braden, any idea who the Court of Arbitration for Sport consists of?

ct swim fan
Reply to  Braden Keith
5 years ago

Thanks for clearing that up Braden. What I guess I don’t understand then is how do some people with positive tests just get warnings while others get banned? Anyone insight?

5 years ago

Meanwhile Alberto Contador is talking with his agent and saying ‘and they say that cycling is the sport that most lacks accountability in doping control?’

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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