Gusmao banned two years for July 2007 doping violation

Updated: May 15, 2008, 1:44 PM ET
Associated Press

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Brazilian swimmer Rebeca Gusmao received a two-year doping suspension Thursday after testing positive for testosterone before the Pan American Games.

The doping violation stemmed from an out-of-competition test on July 13, Brazil's swimming confederation said in a statement. Gusmao's lawyers said she will appeal.

The suspension, given by swimming's governing body FINA, is retroactive to Nov. 2, 2007.

A double-gold medalist at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Gusmao had already been temporarily suspended for the violation.

Last week, Gusmao was cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport of an earlier doping accusation. She remains under investigation of accusations she altered her urine samples during the Pan American Games, where she won four medals.


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