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    Geraldine Finnegan won four medals at the World Masters indoor meet in March.

    She tested positive for ephedrine.

    Is this a common PED for multi-eventers? Does this drug show up often?

    Details here:
    http://masterstrack.com/2010/05/12122/

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    Re: Irish W40 athlete sanctioned for Kamloops doping

    Kamloops - doping ? - Say it ain't so....
    Isn't that the place where Canada has a National Throwing Centre under a Sport Policy that demands "Owning the Podium"? Nothing that comes out of there would surprise me, other than someone silly enought to get caught...

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      Re: Irish W40 athlete sanctioned for Kamloops doping

      Originally posted by TrackCEO
      Is this a common PED for multi-eventers? Does this drug show up often?
      A rough equivalent of a couple of espressos wihout the pleasure of a good cup of coffee. But, I guess, you knew that.
      "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
      by Thomas Henry Huxley

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        Re: Irish W40 athlete sanctioned for Kamloops doping

        I'd also like to know more about the athlete. Does she have an elite career of note?

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          Re: Irish W40 athlete sanctioned for Kamloops doping

          I notice that some ephedrine positives result in a "public warning":
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_do ... s_in_sport

          Why do some get suspended but others not?

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            Re: Irish W40 athlete sanctioned for Kamloops doping

            Geraldine is quoted as saying ephedrine was in a nasal decongestant she took before an event at Kamloops, and that she didn't knowingly try to cheat.

            Finegan said she bought the decongestant the day after she had received medical attention to relieve symptoms of asthma and nasal decongestion. “The next day whilst still suffering from the same symptoms and, having to compete in further events, I purchased an nasal decongestant from the health shop company,” she said, saying she would advise all sports people to be aware of the full ingredients of any over-the-counter cold and flu remedies. “I take pride in knowing that my achievements have been gained through my own endeavours and hard training.”
            Details and poll:
            http://masterstrack.com/2010/05/12172/

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              Re: Irish W40 athlete sanctioned for Kamloops doping

              Geraldine sent me a long account of her case, including this:

              The A.A.I and Sports Council found that the nasal decongestant I used was not performance-enhancing; nor was it taken for the intent of enhancing my performance but to relieve my symptoms after collapsing on the Wednesday of the competition. I had a prominent Irish athlete as a witness to my purchase of the medication in Canada. I will retain my two gold medals which I won at the start of the week before falling ill

              I subsequently received no help from the A.A.I. — just condemnation. I was fortunate to have full documentation of my condition, provided by my G.P. before I left for Canada. I was also fortunate to have another masters athlete of high standing in the community, a former County Mayo senator who accompanied me on my visit to the health shop.
              More details here:
              http://masterstrack.com/2010/05/12295/

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