Salwa Eid Naser didn't know she was going so fast in Doha 2019
DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 03: Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain celebrates winning the Women's 400 Metres final during day seven of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on October 03, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)

American World 400m hurdles silver medallist Rai Benjamin has disputed Salwa Eid Naser’s claim that missing three drug tests is “normal.”

Speaking exclusively to NRK, he said: “That’s not normal”

“Everyone can miss one try. But everyone also knows that failing three tests is the same as a positive test,” explained Benjamin, the joint third-fastest man in history in the 400 m hurdles with a personal best time of 46.98.

“If you’ve missed two, make sure you stay where you want to be at the time you specify,” he said.

Meanwhile, reflecting on his 2019 season, Benjamin said he was on crutches for two weeks prior to the World Championships and considered withdrawing from Doha altogether.
“The night before the heat, I had such a pain in my leg that I considered not starting. I ran all the races with great pain. From that, silver was good,” he said.

He went on to win the silver medal at his first World Championships in 2019 in the men’s 400m hurdles, and a gold medal in the 4x400m.

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  1. As we all know, Wada is not the only testing agency. I would assume that all countries have their own independent testing agencies as well. So, maybe Bahrain athletes common miss tests from their country’s testing agency without penalty. Or may she just wants us to believe that she is that naive, so that the blame will eventually be diverted elsewhere- such as the coach or parent lol. We can’t keep giving the younger athletes passes. I don’t care if they are are 13, 14, 15, or 16 yrs old. No more passes or excuses. In my opinion, we need to start testing at all levels including youth, high school, college, and professional. And testing for more than just recreational drugs lol.


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