Olympic hero Peter Bol fails drug test

Australian Olympic hero Peter Bol has been provisionally suspended after failing a test on performance-enhancing drugs.

The 800-meter sprinter failed a competitive test for EPO and has been provisionally suspended since January 10.

Australia's Peter Bol in action at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Australia’s Peter Bol in action at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.Credit:Getty Images

At the Tokyo Olympics, Bol finished fourth in a stunning run in the 800m final, missing the bronze medal by 0.5 seconds. He had won his semifinals in a personal best.

Athletics Australia confirmed on Friday that Bol had returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) of an out-of-competition doping control test on October 11 last year.

Sport Integrity Australia informed Athletics Australia on Tuesday 10th January that the A sample had returned an AAF for Erythropoietin Receptor Agonist (ERA): rEPO (rEPO).

AA said Bol is unable to coach at the national, state or club level, compete at any level, train, receive funding, use official or affiliate facilities, or hold a position with any sports organization.

Bol can now have a second sample, the B sample, analyzed to reconfirm the result of the A sample.

AA chief executive Peter Bromley said the positive A sample was “extremely worrying and out of the blue”.

“There are procedural fairness and investigative considerations that limit how much we can say and at this point it would be inappropriate for Athletics Australia or anyone to speculate on the specific details or prejudge an outcome,” Bromley said.

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