World News – UA – Former Australian Olympic swimmer Brenton Rickard tests positive

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Posted: 7:30 am GMT, November 6, 2020 | Update: 8:05 am GMT, November 6, 2020

Former Australian swimmer Brenton Rickard tested positive for a banned drug from a sample taken at the London 2012 Olympics

Former breaststroke tested positive for banned furosemide diuretic when re-screening donated sample after competing in men’s 200m breaststroke final eight years ago

Rickard was part of the Australian men’s 4×100-meter medley Olympic team that won bronze in 2012, meaning the entire six-man squad could be deprived of their medals

Brenton Rickard (pictured at the 2010 Commonwealth Games) tested positive for the banned diuretic furosemide during re-screening of the sample he collected at the London 2012 Olympics

He and Tommaso D’Orsogna swam the heats to advance to the men’s medley final, where the team of Hayden Stoeckel, Christian Sprenger, Matt Targett and James Magnussen finished third

A ‘devastated’ Rickard will appear before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland on Monday, where he will fight to ensure his relay teammates are not stripped of their medals

He informed his former medley relay teammates of the ‘shocking situation’ in a heartbreaking email which he described as one of the struggles he ever wrote down

He added that a new analysis did not detect the presence of another banned substance that could have a performance-enhancing effect

« As you know, I would never, ever knowingly or intentionally take a prohibited substance without a TUE, » says email obtained by The Age

‘This is not acceptable in my own personal values, nor ever acceptable in our team culture.I have always hated doping in sport, so you can imagine how sickened and horrified I am about myself. find yourself in this difficult situation It’s my worst nightmare

No Australian athlete has been stripped of their Olympic medal due to a positive screening test before

Rickard also competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where he was part of the 4 x 100m medley team that won silver

Brenton Rickard in action in the men’s 200 breaststroke final at the 2012 Olympic Games

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World News – UA – Former Australian Olympic swimmer Brenton Rickard tests positive


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