Former Olympic Champion Handed 3 Month Doping Ban
The 2008 Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson received a three-month doping ban from the U.S Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide and related metabolites.
The 32-year-old American defended herself by explaining the substance hydrochlorothiazide was given to her by a physician to treat hypertension. After an investigation into the circumstances, USADA said they had accepted the athletes’ explanation.
Harper-Nelson’s period of ineligibility started on 1st December, 2016, the date she provided her out of competition sample.
The athlete has also been disqualified from all competitive results obtained following this, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes. Harper won Olympic gold in Beijing and silver in London in the 100-meter hurdles.
The full USADA statement can be found here.