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Nesta Carter’s B sample positive, reports say

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Jamaican Olympic sprint relay champion Nesta Carter‘s B sample from recent Beijing 2008 retests also reportedly tested positive for a banned stimulant, further putting the nation’s Olympic 4x100m title at risk.

Reuters and the Jamaica Gleaner reported Wednesday that Carter’s B sample came back positive, five days after it was first reported that Carter’s A sample was positive in retests. The reports said the same banned stimulant, methylhexanamine, was the cause for the failed tests.

Carter’s agent, the Jamaica Olympic Committee and the Jamaica track and field federation did not immediately return messages left requesting comment.

Methylhexanamine has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list since 2004 and was reclassified as a “specified substance” in 2011. Specified substances have a greater chance of warranting a credible non-doping explanation, according to WADA.

Carter would be one of 31 athletes from 12 nations across six sports whose recent retests of 2008 Olympic drug-test samples came back positive.

Carter was the leadoff runner for Jamaica in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic 4x100m relays, both won in world-record time. Usain Bolt also ran on those relays, accounting for two of his six Olympic titles.

The entire Jamaican relay team could be stripped of medals if one member is disqualified, as has happened with U.S. relay teams at past Olympics. Only the International Olympic Committee has the power to strip medals.

Carter was also on Jamaican 4x100m relay teams at the 2011, 2013 and 2015 World Championships, helping Bolt to three of his 11 World titles.

Carter’s best individual accolades were 2013 World Championships bronze in the 100m and a personal-best 9.78 seconds in the 100m on Aug. 29, 2010, making him the sixth-fastest man all time.

Carter, 30, last raced Sept. 13, according to Tilastopaja.org.

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Gregorio Paltrinieri swims second-fastest 1500m freestyle in history

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Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri swam the second-fastest 1500m freestyle in history, clocking 14:33.10 in his native Italy on Thursday.

Paltrinieri, 25, missed Chinese Sun Yang‘s world record from the 2012 Olympics by 2.08 seconds.

The Italian now owns the second- and third-fastest times in history, including his 14:34.10 from the 2016 European Championships, also held at the 2012 Olympic pool in London.

Paltrinieri is a versatile distance swimmer. At last year’s world championships, he finished sixth in the open-water 10km to qualify for the Olympics, then won the 800m free in the pool in a European record time and finished with 1500m bronze, just missing a third straight world title in that event.

German Florian Wellbrock won the 1500m in 14:36.54 at worlds, with Paltrinieri finishing 2.21 seconds back.

Sun, 28, was in February banned eight years stemming from destroying a drug-test sample with a hammer in September 2018. Sun, who focused more on the 200m and 400m frees in recent years, did not race the 1500m at the 2017 or 2019 Worlds.

Top-level swim meets in the U.S. are scheduled to resume in November with the Tyr Pro Series.

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Bianca Andreescu to miss U.S. Open

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Bianca Andreescu withdrew from the U.S. Open, citing “unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic” compromising her ability to prepare to defend her Grand Slam title.

“I have taken this step in order to focus on my match fitness and ensure that I return ready to play at my highest level,” Andreescu, a 20-year-old Canadian, posted on social media. “The US Open victory last year has been the high point of my career thus far and I will miss not being there. However, I realize that the unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic, have compromised my ability to prepare and compete to the degree necessary to play at my highest level.”

Andreescu’s absence means the U.S. Open, the first Grand Slam tournament since tennis resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic, will be without both 2019 male and female singles champions.

Rafael Nadal previously announced he would not defend his title, saying he would rather not travel given the global situation. Roger Federer is also out after knee surgery. Women’s No. 1 Ash Barty didn’t enter, either, citing travel concerns.

Last year, Andreescu made her U.S. Open title run as the 15th seed, sweeping Serena Williams in the final. Ranked 208th a year earlier, she became the first player born in the 2000s to win a Slam and the first teen Slam winner since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 U.S. Open.

Andreescu then missed the Australian Open in January due to rehab from a knee injury that forced her to retire during a match at the WTA Finals on Oct. 30. She also missed the French Open and Wimbledon in 2019 following a rotator cuff tear.

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