The gold medalist in the women's high jump tested positive for steroids and was stripped of her title at the Pan American Games, officials said.
Juana Rosario Arrendel of the Dominican Republic won the high jump on July 28 with a jump of 6 feet 4 inches. She tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol, and in accordance with Pan American Games rules, the executive committee withdrew her gold medal.
"She is a young woman of 20 years of age, and it is very painful to watch an athlete this young make mistakes," said Mario Vazquez Rana, president of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO). "Who knows who recommended this banned substance to her? This is the same banned substance that Ben Johnson took."
In 1988, Canada's Johnson won the gold medal in the men's 100 meters at the Summer Olympics in Seoul.
With Rosario Arrendel disqualified, Solange Witteveen of Argentina receives the gold, Luciane Dambacher of Brazil gets the silver, and Nicole Forrester of Canada gets the bronze medal in the women's high jump.
Another athlete, Mexican baseball player Ray Martinez, refused to submit to the drug test following his team's loss to Canada in the bronze medal game on Monday. According to PASO rules, refusing to take the drug test is viewed as if the test was failed.
"He was very upset because he lost the game, but he refused to cooperate," Vazquez Rana said. "We take it as a positive test."
Vazquez Rana also confirmed at the afternoon news conference that the doping test of another athlete has resulted in a positive test on the A sample. However, he said that he would not identify the athlete unless a second sample, the B sample, also resulted in a positive test.
Rosario Arrendel is the second athlete to test positive for banned substances at the Games. Over the weekend, Canadian roller hockey goalie Steven Vezina tested positive for two stimulants and a steroid, and his team was stripped of its gold medal.
U.S. Goes for the Gold
The U.S. women's field hockey team will play for the gold medal and a trip to the 2000 Olympics on Wednesday when it faces Argentina. The Pan Am Games are an Olympic qualifier for field hockey, but only the champion will advance to Sydney. The loser will have a chance to qualify at the Olympic qualifying tournament in England in late March. Argentina is undefeated in the tournament, having beaten the United States, 2-1, in pool play. . . .
Rockville's Paul Goldstein advanced to the medal round in men's tennis. Goldstein, the tournament's No. 2 seed, defeated Brazil's Daniel Melo, 6-4, 6-4. He will face sixth-seeded Paulo Traicher, also of Brazil, on Wednesday. American Cecil Mamiit, the top seed, will play Argentina's David Nalbandian in the other semifinal. Mamiit beat Federico Dondo of Uruguay, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, in a quarterfinal. American Bob Bryan lost to Nalbandian in a quarterfinal, 7-5, 6-4. . . .
American Danielle Henderson pitched her second straight perfect game in a 12-0, five-inning victory over the Bahamas in softball. She had 13 strikeouts. On July 29, Henderson struck out 16 in a 9-0 victory over Colombia.
Sexual Assault Charged
Charles Levarity Smith, a third baseman on the Bahamas softball team, has been charged with sexual assault. Smith, 36, has been released on $500 ($340 U.S.) bail and told to appear in court Thursday. The alleged victim is a member of the cleaning staff at the athletes' village just outside Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.