NZ swimmer gets bronze after drugs failure

Last updated 13:46 18/06/2013
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BRONZE: Kiwi Matt Stanley has been awarded a retrospective bronze medal from December's world short course championships.

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New Zealand swimmer Matt Stanley has been awarded a retrospective bronze medal from December's world short course championships after a drugs ban was today handed down to the original medallist.

Swimming's world body, Fina have confirmed Danish swimmer Mads Glaesner had tested positive to the substance Levmetamfetamine during the championships where he was placed third in the men's 400m freestyle and won the men's 1500m freestyle. 

Fina confirmed Glaesner has been dealt a three-month ban as a result and will forfeit both medals meaning the 400m freestyle bronze goes to Stanley who finished fourth.

Glaesner explained that the positive test was because he used an American version of a Vicks Vapor Inhaler for nasal congestion, claiming the Danish version did not contain the banned substance.

The Danish swimmer has 21 days to appeal the decision of Fina's doping panel to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Swimming New Zealand has advised Stanley, who is currently training at high altitude in Sierra Nevada in Spain to prepare for August's world championships in Barcelona.

"It is great news for Matthew and for New Zealand Swimming," said Christian Renford, Swimming New Zealand CEO.

"At the same time it would have been rewarding for Matthew to have been able to enjoy this moment at the championships and it is a further reminder for all swimmers to be vigilant and to get advice from Drug Free Sport New Zealand before taking any medications or supplements."

It now means New Zealand has won three medals at the championships with the gold and bronze to Lauren Boyle to make it the joint best performance along with the three medals won at the world short course championships in 1995.

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