The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has announced that cyclist Madalyn Godby of Louisville, Colorado, has tested positive for clenbuterol, and will lose competitive results due to the presence of the prohibited substance in her urine sample.
Godby, 20, tested positive for clenbuterol as the result of an in-competition urine sample collected on February 6, 2013, at the Pan American Continental Track Championships in Mexico City, Mexico.
Clenbuterol is a prohibited Anabolic Agent under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the rules of the International Cycling Union (UCI), both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping (WADA) Code and the WADA Prohibited List.
A stimulant, clenbuterol is used by sufferers of breathing disorders as a decongestant and bronchodilator; it also increases the rate at which body fat is metabolized.
Spaniard Alberto Contador tested positive for clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France, which he won. Contador’s controversial defense hinged on the possibility that he may have eaten beef contaminated with the fat-burning substance; traces of clenbuterol have been found in cattle in China, Mexico, and Europe. Ultimately, however, Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour title and served a truncated suspension, returning to competition last summer.
Godby’s sample was collected by the UCI, and after notifying the athlete of her test results, the UCI referred the case to USADA to evaluate further.
According to USADA, after a thorough review of the case, including the evaluation of information regarding documented cases of meat contamination in Mexico, both USADA and the UCI, could not, to a comfortable satisfaction, conclude that Godby had acted negligently or was at fault for the positive test.
While it could not be established that Godby was at fault or acted negligently in this instance, in accordance with the Code and Article 288 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, a violation of the anti-doping rules in connection with an in-competition test automatically leads to the disqualification of all results obtained in that competition.
In 2009, Godby claimed a silver medal and three bronze medals at the 2009 USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships.
At the 2013 Pan American Continental Track Championships, the 20-year-old Godby won two bronze medals and set two unofficial national records over five days of competition. She opened with a bronze medal in the women’s 500-meter time trial, with a national record time of 34.300, besting the previous mark of 34.426 set by Tammy Thomas in Mexico City in 2001. Two days later, Godby set her second unofficial national record of the week and captured the bronze medal in the women’s 200-meter flying start time trial with a time of 10.933, breaking the previous mark of 11.046 set in 2012 by Tela Crane in Colorado Springs.
Godby’s results from the 2013 Pan American Continental Track Championships shall be automatically disqualified. If Godby is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation in the future, it will be treated as a first offense under the rules.