Hiromasa Fujimori Tests Positive, Will Miss Japanese Championships

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Japanese swimmer Hiromasa Fujimori, who placed fourth in the men’s 200-meter individual medley at the Rio Olympics and was a bronze medalist a the world championships, has tested positive for a prohibited substance, according to multiple reports.

According to The Mainichi, Fujimori’s A-sample came back positive at the Short Course World Championships held in China last December, and the 27-year-old’s second sample confirmed the result.

According to the Japanese Swimming Federation, he tested positive for methylephedrine. He will miss the Japanese Championships, which begin April 2.

“(The banned substance was not intentionally consumed because I did not usually take supplements or drugs. I have always been proud of as an athlete, and I have always been careful about the substances I take. “I am very surprised and shocked,” he said in a statement released by the Japan Swimming Federation.

Read The Mainichi report here.


  1. Willem Coetzee

    Always thought the Japs had more honor…

    • Troy Nissen

      Willem Coetzee Japanese* this isn’t 1940 bud.

    • Willem Coetzee

      Troy Nissen if it makes you feel better

  2. Paul Denison

    Seems to be related to the weight loss drug, ephedra, it caused a few deaths before being banned.