Kylie Palmer Goes Free With Warning & Reprimand In Oddball Doping Case

Kylie Palmer by Patrick B. Kraemer

The bizarre anti-doping case against Kylie Palmer, the Australian who heard about an adverse finding 21 months after it happened when a decision not to bring a case was reversed, has been settled with a warning and reprimand.

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The bizarre anti-doping case against Kylie Palmer, the Australian who heard about an adverse finding 21 months after it happened when a decision not to bring a case was reversed, has been settled with a warning and reprimand.



Sadly, this is a case where EVERYONE comes out with “sullied” reputations.

This really was something that should have been dealt with at the time or in the period shortly after.

One cannot help but get the feeling of a juvenile contest between WADA & FINA on who can urinate furthest up the wall. Both come out looking juvenile and unprofessional.

Was there an element of politics involved ? WADA has had major disputes with one of the major Australian football codes, the AFL, with regards to testing and supplements and has been very miffed that the Australian testing authority, ASDA, doesn’t have the extra-judicial powers they would like it to have but would never realistically ever possess.

Was Kylie Palmer the victim of this “squeeze play” ? Potentially yes but there has to be the questions asked. The traces of Furosemide may’ve been minute but how can its presence be explained other than the obvious but unpleasant conclusion ? For better or worse, an asterisk has to put against her name.


Rubbish, the only people with astericks against their names are FINA!


Gheko, I completely agree with you that FINA comes out of this terribly however the inescapable fact is that Palmer’s test contained Furosemide (a manufactured diuretic); NOT a substance to be found naturally.

Whilst it IS also used in the treatment of horses, cats & dogs; it would be pushing the limits of credibility that she would have been consuming any of the above. Therefore, one struggles to find explanations for it’s presence that DON’T have significant “question marks” attached; especially given her history of shoulder injury.

Where she has been “short changed” is the denial of natural justice due to the time elapsed and capacity to mount a defence. Under the circumstances, probably the most “just” outcome has eventuated. Had this been dealt with when it should have, it may’ve been different.

Jorge Abril

In future Kylie Palmer*


The 25-year-old tested positive for furosemide on July 31, 2013, the day she placed sixth in the 200 free at the world championships. FINA had determined that the A and B samples from that urine test were the only ones that contained furosemide among the various tests Palmer was submitted to on July 31 and August 1. The case went to the World Anti-Doping Agency, who wanted to investigate the matter further. As such, Palmer was put on provisional suspension earlier this year pending the results of WADA’s appeal. But why would you take a masking agent just on the one day? makes no sense!

Craig Lord

There’s a great deal that is disturbing about the case, gheko, from the presence of the substance through the failure to follow up in a way that would have made it far more possible to illicit an explanation from the swimmer and those around her and on to the arguments between WADA and FINA that stem from the intl swim fed’s reputation as a body that has been inconsistent in its ‘determination’ to enforce the WADA Code.
In horses, furosemide is detectable in urine 36–72 hours following its entry into the blood stream, so wherever this came from, the source of the problem, whatever it was, deliberate or not, will have been ingested in the week of the world championships. It does indeed appear to make no sense to specify one day and we can only assume they have done that for reasons such as:
1. in order not to impact the results of others way beyond a reasonable time frame for handling the case (system failure)
2. because they have negative results from the same swimmer on other days during the championships
The latter would be the solid reason no-one could argue with.


Kylie Palmer stands condemned without the ability to have defended herself.
“Justice delayed was justice denied”.
This is the case that Swimming Australia should have mounted on her behalf. Instead they capitulated, throwing her to the wolves. The message that Australian Swimming is giving to all its swimmers is regardless of your innocence we will abandon you.
I hope Kylie Palmer takes this to appeal at the Court Of Arbitration for Sport to clear her name without the help of Australian Swimming.

Craig Lord

Gheko, I would imagine the swimmer wishes to put her energies into the pool … a very big distraction the whole CAS tour, unless the lawyers do it all for you and CAS moves itself across the world to hold the hearing next door to your hotel on the eve of a world championships, of course…

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