Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi has failed a doping test at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, the Chinese Swimming Association (CSA) announced earlier this morning.
Xinhua reports that the 18-year-old female swimmer tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic, on an August 7th test after she finished fourth in the 100m butterfly final, missing bronze by just 0.09 seconds. Diuretics like hydrochlorothiazide dramatically increase the flow of urine. They are prohibited in competitions because they are sometimes used as masking agents with the purpose of hiding other illegal drugs from doping tests.
Before the results came in, Chen was also scheduled to take part in the women’s 50m freestyle heats later Friday morning.
The CSA stated that Chen has asked the International Olympic Committe (IOC) to test sample B and has applied for a hearing into the matter. The CSA added in a statement:
“The CSA has taken this matter seriously and demanded full cooperation from Chen in the investigation. The CSA resolutely opposes use of banned substances. We will cooperate with the Court of Arbitration of Sport during its investigation and will respect the final ruling by the CAS.”
The devastating finding follows a week-long scandal for the Chinese swim team after Australian swimmer Mack Horton called Sun Yang, one of China’s best swimmers, a “drug cheat.” In 2014, Sun tested positive for trimetazidine, a banned stimulant. Sun claimed that he was taking heart medication and was unaware the drug contained trimetazidine. For the offense, the Chinese Anti-Doping Agency gave him a 3 month ban.
The CSA has called on Horton to apologize for his attack against Sun. So far, only the swimmer’s father has apologized, to those unfortunate people with names that sound similar to Mack Horton who have become the target of online attacks by Sun Yang’s 1.3 billion strong fan base. Meanwhile, French swimmer Camille Lacourt has added that Sun “pisses purple.”