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200 IM Record Holder Tests Positive

Jul 14, 2000

FINA has announced that China's Wu Yanyan, the world recorder holder in the Women's 200 I.M., tested positive in a in-competition drug test conducted in May at the Chinese National Championships.

The Chinese Swimming Association informed FINA about the positive test. FINA is now waiting for the results of an investigation by the Chinese Swimming Association before making any decision on a ruling in the case.

According to FINA, Wu tested positive for 19-norandrosterone. According to IOC rules, women can not have an amount above 5 nanograms per millilitre. FINA did not have the full information on the exact amount found in the tests on Wu.

Little information has been released other than to say that Wu and her coach Wu Jicai have been suspended pending a hearing on the case. If the positive test is upheld Wu and her coach Wu Jicai, would face a 4 year suspension from competition.

Wu was ranked 11th in the world last year in the 200 I.M. and is the reigning World Champion having won the event at the 1998 World Championships in Perth.