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Long jumper, swimmer have started suspensions

1/14/2005

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspended two summer sports athletes Friday for violations.

Erick Walder, 33, of Springdale, Ark., tested positive for
amphetamine and methamphetamine from a sample collected at a
contest the Oregon Track Classic June 5.

Swimmer Rachael Burke has been
suspended for two years after testing positive for a banned
substance, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Walder, who
placed sixth in the long jump at the U.S. Olympic track and field
trials last summer has been suspended for two years after testing
positive for stimulants, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said.

In a statement released by the USADA, Walder said he regretted
taking someone else's prescription medication.

Walder received credit against the two-year period with a
provisional suspension that began Oct. 5. His suspension will end
Oct. 4, 2006.

Walder was also stripped of all competitive results and winnings
since the date of the test.

Burke, of Bethesda, Md., tested positive for boldione in an
out-of-competition test May 1. The substance, which is found in an
over-the-counter dietary supplement, is banned by the international
swimming federation.

Burke received credit for serving a provisional suspension,
which began July 14. Her two-year suspension will end on July 15,
2006.