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Gil Roberts: American ingested banned substance from kissing girlfriend

Gil Roberts: American ingested banned substance from kissing girlfriend

Gil Roberts, who won Rio Olympic gold on the U.S. men's 4x400-meter relay, was cleared of doping after an arbitrator found he ingested a banned substance by kissing his girlfriend.

Victor of gold in the 4x400metre relay at the Rio Games previous year, American sprinter Roberts tested positive for probenecid on March 24. Roberts, was part of Team USA's winning 4×400-meter relay team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, finished second in the 400, and will compete in August at the world championships in London.

The case went to an arbitrator in June.

Salazar took the medicine on the day of Roberts' test and the pair kissed shortly after. Salazar got sinus medication from a "makeshift" and "messy" place and came back with a prescription of "Moxylong", which it turns out contains the masking agent.




Roberts said that he ingested probenecid through "frequently and passionately" kissing his girlfriend days before his March drug test. Salazar ingested the medicine that afternoon, the two kissed after that, and the doping officer arrived three hours later.

Here's the thing though, Roberts isn't the first track athlete to blame KISSING on a positive drug test.

Roberts's urine sample had traces of banned substance Probenecid and following his dazed looks at the results, investigation on the matter revealed that the ace runner actually ingested the substance from kissing his girlfriend Alex Salazar who had taken a medicine for a sinus infection. "Roberts has met his burden of proof", USADA said in its ruling, released earlier this week.


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