Hardy's Two-Tear Suspension Reduced to One Year

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Swimmer Jessica Hardy has had her two-year suspension for a failed drug test reduced to one year, allowing her to return to competition this summer.

** FILE ** In this June 30, 2008, file photo, Jessica Hardy swims in women's 100-meter breaststroke semifinals at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb. Hardy's trip to the Beijing Olympics could be in jeopardy after she tested positive for a banned substance, according to a person familiar with the test results. Hardy's "A" sample from the recent Olympic trials tested positive, the person told The Associated Press on Wednesday night, July 30. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Swimmer Jessica Hardy has had her two-year suspension for a failed drug test reduced to one year, allowing her to return to competition this summer.

The American Arbitration Association on Monday issued its decision, saying that a longer sanction would be disproportionate to the facts of the case.

As a result, Hardy's suspension ends July 31.

The 22-year-old sprinter from Long Beach withdrew from the U.S. Olympic team last August, nearly a month after she tested positive for a low level of clenbuterol, a prohibited anabolic agent, at the Olympic swimming trials.

Hardy qualified for the Beijing Olympics in two individual events - the 100-meter breaststroke and 50 freestyle - and the 400 free relay.


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