American record holder in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters, Shelby Houlihan has been banned for four years after failing to prove that tainted pork caused her positive test for an anabolic steroid, Court of Arbitration for Sport which is the highest court said on Tuesday.
Houlihan blamed a pork burrito bought at a Mexican street food truck when she revealed her doping case in an announcement on her Instagram account Monday.
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The Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed that its panel of judges “unanimously determined that Shelby Houlihan had failed” to prove how the anabolic steroid nandrolone got into her system.
The court said in a statement that its judges decided by a 2-1 majority that the athlete had not proved her claim that her case and sample were improperly managed.
“I feel completely devastated, lost, broken, angry, confused and betrayed by the very sport that I’ve loved and poured myself into just to see how good I was,” Houlihan wrote.
She set the American 1,500-meter record of 3 minutes, 54.99 seconds at the world championships in Doha, Qatar, on Oct. 5, 2019.
Last July, Houlihan broke the U.S. 5,000-meter mark with her time of 14:23.92 in Portland, Oregon.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has released the full decision regarding Shelby Houlihan🇺🇸
It outlines that the ADRV must be deemed to be intentional as the athlete did not establish the source of a Nandrolone metabolite in her sample.
— Athletics Integrity Unit (@aiu_athletics) September 1, 2021