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Five More Athletes Fail Drug Tests at 2019 CrossFit Games

Five more athletes were in breach of CrossFit’s Drug Policy during the 2019 CrossFit Games, CrossFit announced yesterday.

Gabor Torok, Vincent Lopez, Paul Perna, Robbie Perovich, and Marion Valkenburg all failed tests administered throughout the 2019 CrossFit Games.

The four Masters athletes and individual competitor have been banned from competition for four years as a result.

Right before the start of the Open, CrossFit announced seven other positive tests, five of which happened during the CrossFit Games and included top-ten finisher Anna Fragkou.

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The new announcement increases the number of positive tests at the 2019 CrossFit Games to ten and to 12 this season.

The new batch of athletes were found to be in breach of the Drug Policy for the following substances:

  • Gabor Torok, Individual, Ranked 48th at the 2019 Games– Torok tested positive for a Stanozolol metabolite (16β-hydroxystanozolol). Stanozolol is in the class of anabolic agents. The sample also tested positive for Clomiphene. Clomiphene is in the class of hormone and metabolic modulators. The test was administered on July 29, 2019, at the CrossFit Games. Torok is suspended for four years.
  • Vincent Lopez, Masters 55-59, Ranked 8th at the 2019 Games– Lopez tested positive for exogenous testosterone. This is classified as an anabolic agent. The test was administered on Aug. 2, 2019, at the CrossFit Games. Lopez is suspended for four years.
  • Paul Perna, Masters 60+, Ranked 1st at the 2019 Games– Perna tested positive for exogenous testosterone. This is classified as an anabolic agent. The test was administered on Aug. 4, 2019, at the CrossFit Games. Perna is suspended for four years.
  • Robbie Perovich, Masters 40-44, Ranked 3rd at the 2019 Games-Perovich tested positive for GW1516 sulfoxide and GW1516 sulfone, metabolites of GW1516. GW1516 is classified as a metabolic modulator. He also tested positive for ostarine. Ostarine is classified as an anabolic agent. The test was administered on Aug. 4, 2019, at the CrossFit Games. Perovich is suspended for four years.
  • Marion Valkenburg, Masters 55-59, Ranked 3rd at the 2019 Games –Valkenvurg tested positive for Stanozolol metabolites (3′-hydroxystanozolol and 16β-hydroxystanozolol). Stanozolol is in the class of anabolic agents. The test was administered on Aug. 4, 2019, at the CrossFit Games. Valkenburg is suspended for four years.

Paul Perna’s result at the CrossFit Games will be disqualified and Gord Mackinnon will now take first place on the Men (60+) category. Caine Hayes from Australia will now take Robbie Perovich’s third place on the Men (40-44) category.

Marion Valkenburg is the second athlete to test positive for banned substances in the Women (55-59) category. Hylie Thompson, who finished 4th at the Games, was announced to be in breach of the Drug Policy a month ago. April Watkins, who originally finished fifth, will now take 3rd place.

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