Group GB bronze medallist Luke Greenbank sensationally questioned whether or not he was racing towards ‘clear’ swimmers after ending behind Russian Evgeny Rylov within the 200metres backstroke.
In a rare trade on the post-race press convention, Greenbank revealed his frustration that the Russian Olympic Committee have been competing on the Olympics regardless of the nation being banned due to state-sponsored doping.
American silver medallist Ryan Murphy had been the primary to boost issues after seeing Rylov take each his Olympic 100m and 200m backstroke crowns right here.
However Greenbank, who picked up his first Olympic medal on Friday, weighed in, too, and mentioned: ‘It is a very troublesome state of affairs not figuring out whether or not who you’re racing towards is clear. It’s one thing that’s a part of sport and the board must sort out that.
‘There was a number of media across the Russian federation coming into the Olympics. It is irritating as an athlete, having identified there’s a state-sponsored doping programme and feeling like extra might be achieved to sort out that.’
Luke Greenbank (R) questioned whether or not he took half in a ‘clear’ race after Russia’s Evgeny Rylov (C) secured a gold medal forward of USA’s Ryan Murphy (L)
Greenbank’s remarks got here simply earlier than he was joined on stage by Rylov, who was requested outright if he had ever doped. ‘I’ve all the time been for clear competitors,’ replied the 24-year-old, who has by no means failed a medication check.
‘I’m all the time examined. From the underside of my coronary heart, I’m for clear sport. I’m devoting my complete life to this. Ryan has all the precise to suppose the way in which he does and to say no matter he says. Time will inform. He didn’t accuse me of something, that’s the reason I haven’t got something towards him.’
In Friday’s race, Rylov set an Olympic file of 1min 53.27sec to the touch out Murphy by 0.88sec, with Greenbank ending in 1:54.72 in a repeat of the end result on the 2019 World Championships.
However the occasion was overshadowed by the disagreement sparked by Murphy as quickly as he received out of the pool. The USA star stopped wanting instantly accusing Rylov of doping, however when requested if he had any ideas about drug cheats in swimming, he mentioned: ‘I’ve received about 15 ideas. 13 of them would get me into a number of bother.
‘It’s a enormous psychological drain on me to go all year long considering that I am swimming in a race that is most likely not clear.
Greenbank, who got here third within the 200m backstroke, mentioned it was ‘irritating’ not figuring out whether or not a fellow athlete had doped
‘The individuals who know much more concerning the state of affairs made the choice they did. It frustrates me, however I’ve to swim the sphere that is subsequent to me. I do not know if the race was 100 per cent clear and that is due to issues which have occurred over the previous.
‘I met the brand new FINA (governing physique) government director on the Olympic trials. He was asking for my take and I mentioned FINA must be extra clear on the monetary aspect and the drug-testing aspect.
‘He mentioned, “We’re engaged on it, it’ll be onerous and it is going take a very long time to clear this sport of doping”. While you hear that from the highest, that is powerful.’
Russia are banned from all main sporting occasions by the World Anti-Doping Company for manipulating laboratory information. However athletes who’ve confirmed they’re untainted by the scandal are competing on the Olympics underneath the banner of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).
There have additionally been fears concerning the decrease variety of drug exams carried out over the past 18 months because of the pandemic.
Silver medallist Ryan Murphy opened the dialogue about whether or not the race was ‘clear’, saying his ideas would ‘get me into a number of bother’
A British Olympic Affiliation spokesperson advised Sportsmail: ‘Athletes throughout all sports activities ought to compete among the many greatest on the earth, protected within the information that their fellow opponents and rivals are clear. We hope that measures are in place throughout these Video games to discourage and catch drug cheats, wherever they’re from.’
Rylov claimed on Instagram he had spoken to Murphy and cleared the air. ‘We made certain it was a misunderstanding,’ he wrote. ‘We stay good rivals.’
The ROC additionally launched a weird assertion, which learn: ‘How unnerving our victories are for a few of our colleagues. The outdated hurdy-gurdy once more began the tune about Russian doping. English-language propaganda, oozing with verbal sweat within the Tokyo warmth. By means of the mouths of athletes offended by defeats. We is not going to console you. Forgive us those that are weaker. God is their choose. And for us — an assistant.’
Rylov expressed his innocence after the race, stressing that he’s ‘all the time examined’ and believes in clear sport