Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

A U.S. track athlete said kissing led to failed drug test

A U.S. track athlete said kissing led to failed drug test

An arbitrator has officially cleared Olympic gold medalist Gil Roberts after he argued that he ingested a banned substance after 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. In that case a kiss, or rather several kisses, can get you in trouble with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

In the weeks before the March 24 positive test by Roberts, Salazar and her family had visited rural India, where she received medicine for a sinus infection that included the banned substance.

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"Whenever they were together, they kissed frequently and passionately", a USADA report released by TOI said.

A doctor serving as an expert witness for Roberts testified that his level of probenecid was much lower than it would have been had he taken an entire pill and was not enough to mask any drugs in his system. Moreover, Roberts did not remember tasting medicine or anything freaky when he smooched his girlfriend. The arbiter ruled that "this was not a case of intentional doping".

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, was part of Team USA's winning 4×400-meter relay team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, finished second in the 400, and will compete in August at the world championships in London.

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