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swimr4life
May 22nd, 2008, 09:09 AM
Lawyer: Swimmer's 2nd sample positive
The Associated Press
Article Launched: 05/21/2008 01:54:21 AM PDT


ATHENS, Greece—The lawyer for top Greek swimmer Ioannis Drymonakos says the Olympic hopeful has tested positive for a banned substance.
Drymonakos is ranked second in the world for the 200 meters butterfly, according to the sport's world governing body, FINA, and holds the European record in the event. He was a strong medal hopeful for Greece at the Beijing Olympics.

His lawyer, Stavros Mavromatis, said Wednesday that the results of a "B" sample test had come back positive. He insisted that the swimmer never knowingly took any banned substance.

Last week, the Hellenic Swimming Federation said an initial positive result for a Greek swimmer had come from an out-of-competition test by the country's national anti-doping council. It had not named the athlete.

The Hellenic Swimming Federation has not confirmed the second positive test or released the swimmer's name ahead of an official announcement later Wednesday.

ALM
May 22nd, 2008, 12:02 PM
From swimnews.com:

Drymonakos Did It With Doping, Greek Tests Allege
May 21, 2008
Craig Lord

European 200m butterfly champion Yiannis Drymonakos has tested positive for a steroid, the Greek Swimming Federation (KOE) has revealed. If confirmed, it would explain the swimmer's trasformation in the water of late. And, if confirmed, the good news is: he will not be in Beijing to muddy the water.

'The Greek anti-doping agency informed us today that the B sample of the athlete, whose A sample had been found irregular, was found equally so in tests undertaken on May 20 to the substance methyltrienolone,' the federation said in a statement. 'The athlete tested (positive on March 6) is swimmer Yiannis Drymonakos.'

Drymonakos has been called to a meeting with the board of KOE on Wednesday, May 28, it said. Methyltrienolone is a banned steroid. Drymonakos claimed the European crown in the 200m butterfly and silver in the 400m medley in Eindhoven in March. If his results are cancelled, the sheet will read:

200 'fly:
Pawel Korzeniowski (POL) 1:54.38 - European record
Nikolay Skvortsov (RUS) 1:54.65
Christophe Lebon (FRA) 1:56.57
DQ - Drymonakos clocked 1:54.16, a European record no more, perhaps. The world ranking list would also change, dropping the Greek from second-fastest all-time and returning another man who won't be in Beijing after trouble with the law for an entirely different reason: Nick D'Arcy (AUS).

400m medley:
Laszlo Cseh (HUN) 4:09.59 - European record
Luca Marin (ITA) 4:16.69
Dinko Jukic (AUT) 4:17.24
DQ: Drymonakos 4:14.72

And the same Austrian swimmer benefits from Manchester 2008, and the world short-course championships:

400m medley
Ryan Lochte (USA) 4:03.21
Robert Margalis (USA) 4:03.74
Dinko Jukic (AUT) 4:06.40
DQ - Drymonakos 4:05.11