Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

A United States track athlete said kissing led to failed drug test

A United States track athlete said kissing led to failed drug test

Roberts was part of the United States' 4-by-400 relay team that won a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Victor of a gold medal in the 4x400metre relay at the Rio Games previous year, American sprinter Roberts tested positive for probenecid on 24 March.

The case went to an arbitrator in June.

According to Roberts, his girlfriend Alex Salazar was taking medicine for a sinus infection and that medicine, which contained probenecid, is what led to the positive test. A local "chemist" there directed her to take one capsule of Moxylong per day for a period of two weeks.

"This arbitrator is persuaded by Dr. Kintz' testimony that bits of the probenecid that remained in her mouth after she took her medicine could and did move to his mouth through their frequent passionate kissing".

An arbiter recently ruled Gil Roberts ingested the masking agent probenecid unknowingly by "frequently and passionately" kissing his girlfriend just hours before his March 24 test. But the reason one American runner gave to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for his positive test might just take the cake.

The situation sounds insane, but it's actually not the first time an athlete has failed a drug test because of kissing.

"F$3 or Roberts it must have been like lightning out of a clear blue sky for him to learn that by kissing his girlfriend this time that he was exposing himself to a prohibited substance", Thomas added. "Roberts has met his burden of proof", USADA said in its ruling, released earlier this week.

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