INDIANAPOLIS, AUG. 14 -- Canadian swimmer Sally Gilbert, who tested positive for a banned antihistamine, will be allowed to keep her bronze medal and won't suffer any repercussions, the chief of the Pan American Games' organizing body said today.
Gilbert, a 17-year-old from Vancouver, tested positive after taking medication for a cold. She took a cold capsule last Friday night, and then helped Canada win a bronze Sunday in the 800 freestyle relay. Apparently, she was given bad advice by the Canadian team's medical staff.
"The case of the Canadian girl is over; it's finished," said Mario Vazquez Rana, president of the Pan American Sports Organization. "Very late last night, the word came that there is no problem. When a girl says voluntarily she's going to take medication for a cold, a very light reading will come out in the test. Even with an aspirin, you can come up positive."
Andrew Maynard, the U.S. Army boxer from Cheverly, Md., had some words of warning for his Cuban opponent, world champion Pablo Romero. Maynard and Romero will meet in a semifinal bout Wednesday.
After his first-round knockout of Argentine Oscar Gonzalez Thursday night, Maynard remained at ringside to watch the Cuban world champion light heavyweight also advance.
"There's a lot of boxers in the U.S. better than him," Maynard said. "They just don't get the recognition. He can't hurt me, I'll take his little right hand. He's not showing me anything. This Cuban looks bad. He don't want me. The way I look at it, this is my house. Everybody here is trying to take something from me. But they haven't fought Andrew yet."
The Cuban delegation apparently has not seen much of Indianapolis. Asked today at a press conference what impressions of this country he would take home, weightlifter Juan Francisco Allege Pirez said he hadn't seen much of Indianapolis.
"We have scarcely left the village except for training and to compete," he said through an interpreter. "We leave for Cuba next Sunday. We have just a few days more, and that's dedicated to training."
The Cubans have been under tight security since incidents of harassment by anti-Castro groups began last week.