According to Swedish media, Ethiopian-born Abeba Aregawi tested positive for an undisclosed substance in January.

By Nick Zaccardi |

Ethiopian-born Swedish runner Abeba Aregawi, the 2013 World 1500m champion, failed a drug test and has been suspended indefinitely, putting her Rio Olympic chances in jeopardy.

Abeba Aregawi tested positive for an undisclosed substance in January, according to Swedish media. She is banned pending an investigation and analysis of a B sample

“It is with dismay and with extreme disappointment that we report this issue,” Swedish track and field federation general secretary Stefan Olsson said in a statement translated by Reuters. “We totally reject all forms of cheating, doping. … We have a zero tolerance, and this is totally unacceptable.”

Aregawi, 25, ran the fastest women’s 1500m at the London Olympics, when she represented Ethiopia, but it came in the semifinals.

She finished fifth in the slower final won by Turkey’s Asli Cakir Alptekin, who was stripped of the gold medal last year for doping.

In 2013, Abeba Aregawi switched to Sweden and won six of the nine Diamond League 1500m races plus the World Championship in a dominating season. U.S. Olympian Jenny Simpson took silver behind Aregawi at Worlds.

In 2014, Aregawi was overtaken as the world’s best 1500m runner by the Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan and Simpson.

In 2015, Aregawi won zero Diamond League races and finished sixth in the World Championships, won by Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba, who also broke the world record last year.

Source: NBC Sports
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  1. Team Ethiopia Doctor: 5 Athletes Failed for Meldonium

    […] Abeba Aregawi, the Ethiopia-born former 1,500-meter world champion who competes for Sweden failed an out-of-competition test for meldonium this year. She reportedly failed the test in Ethiopia. Also, 2015 Tokyo Marathon winner Endeshaw Negesse has been linked to a positive test for meldonium, although Ethiopian authorities have not said if Negesse is one of their athletes being investigated. — (AP) […]

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