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Conor Dwyer banned through Tokyo Olympics for doping, retires from swimming

Olympic Games 2016 Swimming

Conor Dwyer of USA competes in the Men’s 200m Freestyle heat during the Swimming events of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 7 August 2016. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa | usage worldwide (Photo by Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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Conor Dwyer, a two-time Olympic swimming relay champion, announced retirement after being banned through the Tokyo Olympics for having testosterone pellets surgically implanted into his body and failing three drug tests in late 2018.

“This is an unfortunate end to an incredible chapter of my life,” was posted on Dwyer’s social media. “I believe that things happen for a reason, and I can’t wait to share with you all the next chapter of my life.”

Dwyer said in a press release that he “made an honest but unfortunate mistake” with the pellets, saying a doctor assured him they were legal.

An independent panel banned him 20 months, retroactive to Dec. 21, according to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Dwyer, 30, last competed at the August 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, where he qualified for this past summer’s world championships. Dwyer’s name was taken off the world championships roster in May without explanation.

Dwyer was part of U.S. Olympic champion 4x200m freestyle relays in 2012 and 2016. He earned 200m free bronze in 2016, plus seven world championships medals (six on relays) from 2011 through 2017.

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