Doping: Australian rower Brennan 'beyond disappointed' by WADA data hack

Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:12am EDT
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By Nick Mulvenney

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Olympic champion rower Kim Brennan has spoken of her deep disappointment that her integrity as a clean athlete has been called into question over a shot of adrenaline administered in a medical emergency.

Brennan, who won gold in the single skulls at the Rio Olympics, was one of 11 athletes whose medical data was leaked on Friday by a Russian hacking group, which is known as APT28 and Fancy Bear by U.S. cyber-security researchers.

The documents leaked included details of a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) granted to Brennan after she was administered adrenalin in a hospital emergency room following a severe allergic reaction in January 2014, Rowing Australia said in a statement.

The TUE authorizes her to carry an EpiPen, the lifesaving allergy treatment.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the leaked records "raised a lot of questions" with healthy athletes seemingly taking banned substances.

"To call into question the use of a substance administered by a doctor in a hospital emergency department to combat a severe allergic reaction is beyond disappointing," Brennan said.

"This administration of adrenaline was in no way performance enhancing. I was seriously ill following this hospitalization and I am upset I have to justify in the public domain my personal medical records."

The documents, which were held by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), were the third tranche of records to be leaked by the hackers this week.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Rowing - Final - Women's Single Sculls Final A - Lagoa Stadium - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016. Gold medalist Kim Brennan (AUS) of Australia looks on after the finish. REUTERS/Murad Sezer