Ninety-year-old Carl Grove told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency his failed drug test was the result of a piece of contaminated meat he ate the night before his race.
The agency listened, then gave Grove a public warning and stripped him of the world record he set in July at the Masters Track National Championships.
The nonagenarian from Bristol, Ind., “accepted a public warning for his anti-doping rule violations,” on Friday, the USADA said in a statement about Grove’s punishment.
After setting the world record on July 11, Grove provided an in-competition urine sample. The results were positive for epitrenbolone, a metabolite of the prohibited substance trenbolone, according to the USADA.
As Indystar’s tweet indicated, this isn’t the first time meat was blamed on banned substances being in someone’s system…
and it’s obviously not the first time doping’s made the news in cycling.
Overall, rough look for Grove as he nears the end of his lif… pardon me, cycling career. The record that’s being stripped is for a 2 kilometer race this past July where he finished with a time of 3:06.129 in his 90-94 age division. Zero doubt that enhancements or not, he’d leave me in his dust on any track, any race. And in his defense there’s also this popular argument making the rounds:
Think they’re onto something there.