July 1, 2011
WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
Reigning Olympic and world champion Cesar Cielo and three other Brazilian swimmers tested positive for a banned substance in May but got off with a warning from the Brazilian swimming federation.
In a statement released on Friday, the Federation said Cielo, who won the 50-meter freestyle at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and other three swimmers tested positive for the diuretic Furosemide, better known as Lasix, at the Maria Lenk Trophy meet in Rio de Janeiro.
Furosemide is used to help lose weight and also can mask the presence of other banned drugs. The World Anti-Doping Agency put it on the banned list of drugs because of its masking agent qualities.
The Federation chose to give the four swimmers a warning. The other swimmers are Nicholas Santos, Henrique Barbosa and Vinicius Waked.
The Brazilian doping control panel determined that only a warning was necessary after taking into consideration each athlete’s prior history of negative drug tests as well as the claims that the drug did not enhance performance at the meet.
However, Cielo was stripped of the five gold medals and one silver he won at the Rio de Janeiro meet. The three other swimmers lost a total of twelve medals.
Since it was the swimmers’ first violation, they will be headed to Shanghai, China later this month for the July 19-31 FINA World Championships and Pan American Games this fall.
Cielo addressed the controversy in a letter written in Portuguese posted on his website. He said the drug Furosemide came into contact with his normal supplements through cross-contamination. He wrote that he takes every precaution to know the types of drugs he takes and said “I consider myself an exemplary athlete in this regard.”
Cielo, whose father is a doctor, also said he took a blood test at the recent Paris Open and was recently informed of his negative drug tests at the Eric Namesnik Grand Prix in Michigan. He has been tested five times this year.
“Out of respect for their trust in me and I note that the Brazilian community and the sport of swimming, I am explaining the situation,” Cielo wrote.
Trickett Misses Out On World Championships
Three-time Olympic champion Libby Trickett of Australia failed to grab a spot on her country’s world championship relay team during her competitive return from retirement.
Trickett, 26, came out of retirement last September but was unable to compete in the Australian world trials in April because she needed to be registered for dope testing for nine months.
Trickett was given an extra chance in a race-off for a place on the 4×100-meter freestyle relay team. In her first race in two years, Trickett swam 55.68 and finished sixth.
Ryan Lochte, Ed Moses Get A Reality Show
Just what America needs, another reality show. However, this one is centered around two of swimming’s funniest personalities so it should be entertaining and enlightening. A new reality show featuring Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte and Ed Moses entitled Stroke Kings will make its debut on Universal Sports on July 11 at 7:30 p.m. The Stroke Kings preview on YouTube has been removed for copyright reasons but should be back up shortly to promote the show. Mojo Marketing and Media has teamed with Universal for the reality show that follows the pair’s path to swimming greatness. Presented by Speedo in partnership with USA Swimming, the series follows the friends as they try to make the Olympic team again while showing the struggle and personal sacrifices they are forced to make for swimming.
USA Swimming Names 2011-12 Open Water Teams
Current 10K national champions Alex Meyer and Eva Fabian are among 12 open water swimmers (six men and six women) named to the USA Swimming Open Water National team.
Among other swimmers named were Christine Jennings, Sean Ryan, Ashley Twichell, Andrew Gemmell, Mark Warkentin, Arthur Frayler, Ryan Feeley, Haley Anderson, Claire Thompson and Emily Bruneman.
The team was selected based upon their finish at the 10K open water nationals held recently in Fort Lauderdale.
Jack Fabian and Tim Murphy were selected U.S. coaches for the world championship team.
The junior open water team features Janardana Burns, Evan Pinion, Drew Ledwith, Hali Flickinger, Gillian Ryan and Becca Man.
TWEET OF THE WEEK:
“It’s a long way down when your hopes are as high as mountains.”—SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski, who will represent Canada at the World University Games, Aug. 12-23 in China.
Sharon Robb can be reached at email@example.com