Olympian failed drug test due to 'frequent, passionate' kissing

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He failed an out-of-competition test on March 24, testing positive for probenecid, a diuretic and masking agent.

The sprinter said he was unaware the substance could be passed to him while kissing his girlfriend.

Judge John Charles Thomas explained the full story in his case summary released on July 10, noting Roberts's girlfriend, Alex Salazar, had taken the substance as part of a medication she procured to treat a sinus infection while traveling in India.

Gil Roberts, a U.S. Olympic 400m runner, successfully argued that kissing his girlfriend led to him unknowingly ingesting a banned substance and failing a March drug test.

The panel also deemed that the amount of probenecid in Roberts' sample was too small to have had a masking effect.

She continued to take the medicine after arriving in the US, including on March 24, about three hours before Roberts' out-of-competition drug test.

Roberts, who had been provisionally suspended, has since competed in the 400m at last month's U.S. track and field championships, in which he qualified for August's World Championships in London by finishing second in 44.22 seconds, behind Fred Kerley.

"Roberts could not count the number of times they kissed between 1 p.m. and the doping control officer's arrival [at 4:07 p.m.]", Thomas wrote.

The situation sounds insane, but it's actually not the first time an athlete has failed a drug test because of kissing.

"This arbitrator is persuaded by Dr. Kintz' testimony that bits of the probenecid that remained in her mouth after she took her medicine could and did move to his mouth through their frequent passionate kissing". Right before the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, Canadian pole vaulter Shawn Barber blamed a positive drug test on kissing a woman who just did cocaine.

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