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Powerlifter Ban For Taken Blood Pressure Medication

It is troublesome to see an athlete climbing any height of doping just to win by all means as the case of Puerto Rico Powerlifter who took a medication normally use as a first-line treatment of a high blood pressure.

The Puerto Rico lifter Johannes Hernandez provided a urine sample and tested positive for blood pressure medication hydrochlorothiazide and its metabolite, which are included on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned list.

Johannes has now been banned for 15-months by the International Paralympic Committee after he failed a drugs test at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima.

He had finished fourth and last in the men’s over-107 kilograms heavyweight class at the Games in Peru’s capital.

His ban has been back-dated to the day of competition, August 31, so he is eligible to return on November 30 of this year.

The 41-year-old’s results from Lima are subject to disqualification. 

Hernandez lifted 140kg to finish fourth in Lima, which was a long way short of the 220kg recorded by Colombia’s gold medallist Jhon Castaneda.

He failed at two previous attempts at 135kg.

The Colombian’s total was a Pan American record.

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