Swimmers drug-free

THE governing body of swimming said yesterday that no athlete failed a doping test at the recent world championships.

THE governing body of swimming said yesterday that no athlete failed a doping test at the recent world championships.

The International Swimming Federation (Fina) said it had completed 391 doping tests at the championships in Rome from July 15 until August 2 and all were negative. A total of 162 samples were screened for the blood-boosting hormone EPO.

Almost two-thirds of the tests (252) were taken from swimmers, with 65 from water-polo players, 33 from divers, 30 from athletes in open-water races and 11 from synchronised swimmers.

Fina does not store samples for future analysis using newly developed doping tests, but said it was considering the policy. The championships were notable for 43 world records set in the swimming events, largely due to athletes wearing high-tech, water-resistant body suits that will be banned at the end of the year. - Sapa-AP

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