Australian Olympic swimmer Brenton Rickard returns positive drug test from 2012 London Games

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Australian Olympic swimmer Brenton Rickard returns positive drug test from 2012 London Games

Retired Australian swimmer Brenton Rickard has returned a positive drug test from a sample taken at the 2012 London Olympics.

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The sample returned a positive result for the banned diuretic furosemide when it was re-tested recently.

The breaststroker will front the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland on Monday, where he will have to prove his innocence.

If he fails, the 2012 4×100 metre medley relay team that won bronze would be stripped of their medals.

Rickard swam in the heats of the 2012 event to help Australia qualify for the finals, but did not swim in the final race itself. That team was composed of Hayden Stoeckel, Christian Sprenger, Matt Targett and James Magnussen.

Tommaso D’Orsogna was also a member of the bronze-medal-winning team.

Furosemide and other diuretics are not considered doping agents on their own, but cause extensive dilution of the urine and can act as a masking agent for other banned products.

(LtoR) Matt Targett, Christian Sprenge, Hayden Stoeckel and James Magnussen, as well as Tommaso D’Orsogna, stand to lose their bronze medal if Brenton Rickard fails to prove his innocence.(Reuters: Michael Dalder)

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