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Ironic Timing of LEN Record Refusal for Inge de Bruijn

Jun 21, 1999

In the week leading up to the current Netherlands Championships in which Inge de Bruijn just established a World Record time in the women's 50m butterfly she was informed by LEN in a fax that her 50 freestyle European Record time that was set last August in Brazil would not be accepted.

Part of the statement read

"It appears very clearly from the papers submitted that the urine sample was taken on Mrs. Inge de Bruijn on 7 August 1998, after the 100 Butterfly race, which means one day before her potential European Record performance in the 50 Freestyle, that was actually made on the 8 August 1998.

Herewith it is my duty informing you definitively that the performance in question made by Mrs. Inge de Bruijn will not be registered by LEN as a European Record.

Both FINA Rules and LEN Rules (G13.3) are very clear in this respect "...shall submit to doping control within 24 hours after a race..."