World Champ Mads Glaesner Gets Three-Month Suspension, Loses Bronze Medal

  19 Braden Keith | June 16th, 2013 | Europe, International, News, Short Course World Championships

The story has been updated below after FINA announced that they will strip both of Glaesner’s medals and promote the finishers below him. See more here:

The Danish Swimming Federation has announced today that Mads Glaesner has been levied a three-month ban on Sunday for failing an anti-doping test at the 2012 World Short Course Championships in Istanbul last December.

Specifically, he tested positive for Levmetamfetamine after taking a bronze medal in the 400 free.

Levmetamfetamine affects the sympathetic nervous system, though has little effect on the central nervous system as the Danish release indicates. It is used as a vasoconstrictor, in other words it makes blood vessels smaller, which could theoretically be used in periods of training to increase the efficiency of the muscles.

These vasoconstrictive qualities makes Levmetamfetamine popular in nasal decongestants, and in the United States it is an ingredient in the popular over-the-counter Vic’s Vapor rub (though other countries’ formulations do not use the substance), and according to the Danish federation this is to what Glaesner attritbuted the test. He lives and trains in Los Angeles, California at USC.

“It was a huge shock when I was informed of the positive test,” Glaesner said of the situation (translated from Danish). “It has since filled incredibly much in my life. I have always taken a strong stance against all forms of doping and could in no way take any illegal substances deliberately and with the intention of improving my performance. However, I am glad that finally things have come to an end, and again I can move my full focus back on the swim”

The Danish report credits this, as well as extremely low levels of the substance as to why the suspension was so short, and noted that two days later after the 1500 meter freestyle, his test came back clean. He won the gold medal in that 1500 freestyle.

In addition to his three-month suspension, and the loss of that bronze medal from the World Championships. New Zealand’s Matthew Stanley placed 4th in that event, and will now be awarded the bronze medal. He will also lose the medal for the 1500, even though that test came back negative.

This three-month suspension will not cost Glaesner a swim directly at the long course World Championships in Barcelona this summer, but because he missed the World Championship Trials, he on’t be selected aside from special reprieve. After all appeals and B-samples were run, the suspension was back-dated to March 19th, so his suspension will be up on Wednesday.

According to the World Anti-Doping Code, the appropriate punishments for a first positive test for this substance can range from public reprimand to two years of suspension.

Earlier this week, Denmark revealed another suspension, that of Frans Johannessen at the Danish Open. Johnannessen tested positive for Terbutaline, a substance used in asthma medication. The 20-year old Johannessen had a chance at this summer’s World Championship squad himself, with bests of 1:49.7 in the 200 free and 3:56.4 in the 400 free. That best time was done at the Danish Open, and will likely now be invalidated. His immediate punishment was removal from a planned participation in this week’s Mare Nostrum series.

Taking these two tests in conjunction, the federation said that this implies a renewed need for education on the dangers of even over-the-counter medicines for elite, drug-tested athletes.

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19 Comments on "World Champ Mads Glaesner Gets Three-Month Suspension, Loses Bronze Medal"

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Philip Johnson

Ok you made me say it.

Something is rotten in the kingdom of Denmark

“Something is rotten in kingdom of Denmark”.. Might be but the substance came from a Vicks inhaler that Mads got from US… Exactly the same Vicks inhaler, bought from EU doesn’t contain the banned substance. Besides, the two variants look exactly alike.
So yeah, one can argue that Danes are rotten since they are stupid enough not to toss away their Vicks inhalers when flying back to Europe…

It is just a Shakespeare joke. You guys really have either no literary knowledge or no sense of humour.


I’m not a native speaker so I may misunderstand some comments. I checked your statement and I admit you’re absolutely right. I’m sorry.

But at least my comment wasn’t directed at you, JG. It is placed where it is only because I wanted to emphasize that SwimDad seemed to understand what this whole case is about.


Well said SwimDad,

The whole happening appears to be pure negligence. Of course the negligence is not an excuse for going totally unpunished, but it should have at least some effect on people’s assessments and rhetoric about the situation.

It is a fluke, There has been no two bans that were the same, which seems like the definition of a fluke.


Actually both Kicker Vencill and Hardy claimed tainted supplements which is such a load of baloney, and then Mellouli was adderol which he says was for studying during exams but is also one of the biggest masking agents out there, and who knows if what Glasner was taking wasn’t just a masking agent as well. So ya only two were the same claim for their positive tests but still 4 positives under one coach….


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