Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Olympic gold medalist fails drug test due to kissing girlfriend

Olympic gold medalist fails drug test due to kissing girlfriend

Gil Roberts, who won Rio Olympic gold on the U.S. men's 4x400-meter relay, was cleared of doping after an arbitrator found he ingested a banned substance by kissing his girlfriend.

While Barber and Gasquet were busted for kissing women who had just done cocaine, Roberts just wanted to kiss his girlfriend and is now being punished for it. He was charged with violation of doping laws, following a recent test, taken by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Roberts said his girlfriend, Alex Salazar, had been given medicine to treat a sinus infection while she was visiting India. But because she had trouble swallowing pills, she took the medication by just swallowing the powder kept in the capsules. The medicine, which contains probenecid, could have been in her mouth just before they kissed.

In Robert's case though, the smooch defense kind of sounds like the truth. The arbiter ruled that "this was not a case of intentional doping".

"He had no idea that kissing his girlfriend could lead to his ingesting a prohibited substance", the independent arbitrator writes in a June 20 report released Friday, per the BBC.

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.

The key detail is that Roberts "could not count" the number of times the two kissed before he had to take his drug test.

According to the report, Salizar met up with Roberts when she was back in the country on the same day he was visited for out-of-competition testing.

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