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Which U.S. athletes were drug tested the most in 2013?

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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released its testing numbers for the fourth quarter of 2013 on Tuesday. Its comprehensive database allows searchers to see all in- and out-of-competition tests under its program for every Olympic sports athlete.

USADA conducted 9,197 tests last year, breaking the record of 8,580 from 2009. USADA has been testing since 2000. Of those 9,127 tests, 6,088 were documented in individual athlete test histories.

That difference is key considering this stat: Galen Rupp was tested 28 times out of the 6,088 total, which is a record for one athlete in one year in the documented individual athlete test histories. Perhaps Rupp was tested more than 28 times in 2013, but perhaps athletes in previous years were tested more than their individual test histories show as well.

Now that all of the 2013 numbers are in, let’s take a look at which athletes were tested the most of the 6,088:

Galen Rupp, track and field — 28
Chris Horner, cycling — 24
Missy Franklin, swimming — 22
Dathan Ritzenhein, track and field — 21
Shalane Flanagan, track and field — 20
Sarah Hammer, cycling — 19
Ryan Lochte, swimming — 19
Andrew Potts, triathlon — 19

In 2012, the three most tested athletes were triathletes at 25, 23 and 22 times each. Rupp was tested 17 times in 2012.

Here are the top tested athletes since 2001:

2013 — Rupp, 28
2012 — Matt Chrabot, triathlon, 25
2011 — Carmelita Jeter, track and field, 22
2010 — Lochte, 18
2009 — Lochte, 15
2008 — Michael Phelps, swimming, 20
2007 — Michelle Collins, track and field, 14
2006 — Kristin Armstrong, cycling, 21
2005 — Carissa Gump, weightlifting, 12
2004 — Cheryl Haworth/Oscar Chaplin, weightlifting, 16
2003 — Gump/Haworth/Shane Hamman, weightlifting, 15
2002 — Haworth/Danica Rue, weightlifting, 15
2001 — Haworth, 16

Other notables from the 2013 test statistics:

Lolo Jones, track and field/bobsled — 16 (including five times in the last quarter, one off the highest athlete)
Michael Phelps, swimming — 4 (Phelps re-entered the drug testing pool last year in case he wants to unretire)

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Ida Keeling, 100 years old, sets world record at Penn Relays (video)

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Ida Keeling electrified the Penn Relays crowd with her 100-meter dash in 1 minute, 17.33 seconds on Saturday afternoon.

Keeling set a world record for fastest 100m by a woman 100 years and older. There is no data on USA Track and Field and masters athletics websites for a previous record holder.

“I’ll be 101 in a couple of weeks,” Keeling pointed out to NBC Sports’ Carolyn Manno after the race, a mixed-gender event for athletes 80 and older. “I’ve never seen nothing like this crowd. Maybe that’s what the excitement was.”

Keeling’s advice?

“Love yourself, do what you have to do and what you want to do,” she said. “Eat for nutrition, not for taste. And exercise at least once a day.”

More on Keeling is here.

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U.S. sprinters past, present trade relay barbs

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The only loss for the Americans at the Penn Relays came in the men’s 4x100m, as the U.S. team bobbled its victory away on a bad baton handoff between Tyson Gay and Isiah Young for the final leg, which led to a disqualification.

Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin gave the Americans an early lead in the race, and things were moving along well during Gay’s third leg. But the muffed handoff for the final leg cost the Americans. Both the winning Jamaican squad and the second American team surpassed them.

Young finished third, but the team was disqualified because the handoff occurred outside the pass zone. The second U.S. team of Sean McLean, Wallace Spearman, Calesio Newman and Remontay McLain finished in 39.02.

The mistake led to some inflammatory comments from U.S. great Leroy Burrell about continued problems with handoffs by U.S. relay teams.

“Well, I think we’ve got to put our team together a little earlier, possibly,” Burrell said in a television interview. “I think, we’ve had the same coaches working with these guys for many years, and we’ve had failure after failure. So it’s possible that, you know, it might be time for a bit of a regime change with the leadership.

“I think the athletes have to be the catalysts that make that happen. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to get the stick around. I saw thousands of relay teams yesterday — maybe not thousands, but hundreds of relay teams get it around. But the professionals can’t. That’s just not good for our sport.”

Rodgers didn’t take kindly to those remarks.

“People keep pointing their fingers and downing us, but nobody has ever tried to come out there and help us,” he said. “Nobody from the past. Not Carl [Lewis] or Leroy. They haven’t been out there. I can’t really respect their opinions because they’re supposed to be leaders in our sport and in the USA, and they’re not coming out there to drop some knowledge on us, so I don’t care what they have to say.”

Lewis criticized U.S. relays in March.

Gatlin was equally critical of Burrell.

“I’m tired of people who have been part of Team USA take shots at Team USA,” Gatlin said. “To put us in the same boat as high schoolers is insulting.”

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