Beijing gold-winning swimmer Palmer fails dope test

Sydney: Kylie Palmer has withdrawn from Australia’s team for next month’s world championships in Russia after a positive drug test, Swimming Australia said yesterday.

Kylie Palmer
Kylie Palmer

The 25-year-old, a Beijing Olympics relay gold medallist in 2008 and a Commonwealth Games champion, has accepted a provisional suspension after testing positive to a banned drug almost two years ago. Swimming’s world governing body FINA only told Palmer in April about the failed test at the 2013 world championships in Barcelona.

Palmer said she had been trying to investigate how the positive test arose but it was "a task that is almost impossible given the extraordinary passage of time".

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