China's Chen Xinyi Becomes First Swimmer to Fail Doping Test at Rio Games

© AFP 2022 / MARTIN BUREAUChina's Chen Xinyi reacts after winning the final of the women's 50m freestyle swimming event during the 17th Asian Games at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre in Incheon on September 26, 2014
China's Chen Xinyi reacts after winning the final of the women's 50m freestyle swimming event during the 17th Asian Games at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre in Incheon on September 26, 2014 - Sputnik International
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According to local media reports, Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi has become the first competitor in the sport to test positive for a banned substance at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Doping laboratory. File photo - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi, who finished fourth in the women's 100-meter butterfly on Sunday has become the first competitor in the sport to test positive for a banned substance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, local media reported Friday.

Chen, 18, tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic, on the August 7 test, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Chinese Swimming Association (CSA).

"The CSA has taken this matter seriously and demanded full cooperation from Chen in the investigation," the association said in the statement, quoted by Xinhua.

China's National Anti-Doping Agency provided no comment so far.

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