The world champion pole vaulter Shawn Barber was allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics despite testing positive for cocaine he inadvertently ingested during an encounter with a woman he met on the personals site Craigslist.

The 22-year-old went into the Games as one of the favourites to win gold but ended a disappointing 10th after only just qualifying for the final.

But Barber was allowed to compete in Brazil only after the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada cleared him of the failed test, details of which were released on Thursday.

“On or about July 8, 2016, the day before he was to compete at the Canadian Championships and Rio selection trials in Edmonton, Alberta, Mr. Barber posted in the “casual encounter” section of Craigslist, an on-line service. He used a pseudonym,” read the report.


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