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Australian Swimmer Fails Drug Test

February 12, 1996

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) _ Australian swimmer Samantha Riley, a leading contender for the Atlanta Olympics, has failed a drug test, the sport’s domestic governing body confirmed today.

Australian Swimming said FINA, swimming’s international governing body, was investigating a positive drug test involving a headache tablet taken by Riley, who holds the world record in the 100-meter breaststroke.

``Riley took the tablet, containing the substance dextropropoxyphene after complaining of a headache during the opening ceremony two days before her swim,″ Australian Swimming said in a statement.

Riley, 23, tested positive in December during the world short course championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She won three gold medals and set two records in the meet.

Riley was not immediately available for comment, but her coach, Scott Volkers, said ``it was certainly nothing performance-enhancing.″

Australian Swimming executive director Vena Murray said FINA had met on the matter and that the Australian organization was awaiting the outcome of the investigation.

``We cannot comment any further until notification is received from FINA,″ Murray said.

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