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McMahon admits taking banned drug

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Brigitte McMahon
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BERNE, Switzerland -- Former Olympic triathlon gold medallist Brigitte McMahon has admitted using the banned blood-booster EPO following a positive doping test at her home last month.

The 38-year-old Swiss said she had taken EPO "for therapeutic reasons, and in a very small dosage."

She added, however, that she had not used drugs at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games where she won triathlon's first ever Olympic gold medal.

"I was never even offered any drugs until spring of this year," McMahon said.

A trained biochemist and mother of three, McMahon had been in training for next year's world championships when she underwent an out-of-competition test at her home in central Switzerland.

The Swiss Olympic Association said McMahon had been thrown off the national team with immediate effect.

She also faces a two-year ban from competition.

McMahon would not say if she planned to continue her sporting career.

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