Gold medallist Roberts ingested banned substance after passionate kisses

Olympic gold medalist fails drug test due to kissing girlfriend

A professional since 2009, Roberts was part of the United States' 4-by-400 relay team that won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

But an arbitrator cleared the champ of charges he ingested a banned substance, conceding the drug got into his system exactly as Roberts says it did-through smooching with his girlfriend, reports Sports Illustrated.

Victor of gold in the 4x400metre relay at the Rio Games past year, American sprinter Roberts tested positive for probenecid on March 24.

The case went to an arbitrator in June. "Whenever they were together, they kissed frequently and passionately", the USADA report said.

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Judge John Charles Thomas explained the full story in his case summary released on July 10, noting Roberts's girlfriend, Alex Salazar, had taken the substance as part of a medication she procured to treat a sinus infection while traveling in India. The couple kissed then "chilled out" for a while, then Salazar took her medicine and they kissed some more. That included the day of the random doping test, when his urine sample was taken in the afternoon about three hours after she had last taken the medicine.

She continued taking the medicine, which contained the masking agent probenecid, when she returned to the USA, and Roberts said bouts of intense smooching caused him to test positive.

Here's the thing though, Roberts isn't the first track athlete to blame KISSING on a positive drug test.

"It must have been like lightning out of a clear blue sky for (Roberts) to learn that by kissing his girlfriend this time that he was exposing himself to a banned substance", the USADA said in its ruling.

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