South Africa’s Warren Scott Karsten Draws Two-Year Doping Ban

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, August 30. FINA announced today that South African swimmer Warren Scott Karsten has drawn a two-year ban for testing positive for 19-Norandrosterone and 19-Noreticholanolone (Class S.1.1.b Endogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids).

The test took place at the Swimming South Africa National Championships on April 20 of this year. The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport imposed the two-year ban that starts retroactively on June 10, 2013.

Karsten took third in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke at the meet held in Port Elizabeth, behind future Worlds bronze medalist Giulio Zorzi and 2009 NCAA 200-yard breaststroke champion Neil Versfeld as Karsten posted a 29.10.

Karsten has been a fixture in South African swimming, having made the Junior National Team in 2006 as a 15-year-old. But, with the breakthrough efforts of Zorzi behind training partner and world-record holder Cameron van der Burgh, South Africa is pretty strong going forward in this stroke.

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