Thursday, July 24, 2008

Hardy Reportedly Surfaces with Positive Test

Were the U.S. Olympic swim team's hopes for next month seriously impacted Thursday?

Reports say breaststroker and Long Beach resident Jessica Hardy has tested positive for a banned substance. Although the substance was not named, the reports say she could miss the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

A former world record holder in the 100m, Hardy reportedly tested positive with her A sample and back-up B sample from the recent U.S. Olympic trials. Hardy left the team's training camp in Palo Alto to return home.

Hardy figured to be a medal threat in the 100-meter breaststroke, along with being key to the U.S. team's 400-meter free relay squad.

A first-time doping offense usually means a two-year competitive ban. Hardy, however, could make appeals to the American Arbitration Association and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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