Olympic gold medalist fails drug test due to kissing girlfriend

Girlfriend’s kiss and an Indian chemist almost land Olympic gold medallist Roberts in doping mess

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.

Gil Roberts, who won Rio Olympic gold on the United States men's 4x400-meter relay, was cleared of doping after an arbitrator found he ingested a banned substance by kissing his girlfriend. But the reason one American runner gave to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for his positive test might just take the cake.

Alex Salazar and her family had reportedly visited the rural parts of India around the time of the doping incident and subsequently procured the medicine for a sinus problem.

The sprinter said he was unaware the substance could be passed to him while kissing his girlfriend.

Roberts said that he ingested probenecid through "frequently and passionately" kissing his girlfriend days before his March drug test.

The positive sample confirmed a masking agent called probenecid was in his system.

The woman, Alex Salazar, continued to take the medicine when she returned to the USA, breaking the capsule apart and pouring its contents into her mouth before swallowing with water. Roberts, 28, who won the 4x400-meter relay with Team USA at the 2016 Rio Games, was suspended in May after testing positive for probenecid.

"Thus, for 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".

Roberts testified that he did not know that kissing his girlfriend could lead to a positive test, nor did he know she was taking Moxylong.

Canadian pole vaulter Shawn Barber was also cleared after failing a doping test for cocaine when he proved he accidentally ingested trace amounts of the substance after kissing an escort he hired the night before.

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