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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

French Say Pardon

MOSCOW () -- The French Swimming Federation has apologized over a dope test mix-up at last February's Paris World Cup meeting that cost Russian Denis Pankratov two world short-course records, Itar-Tass news agency said.


Russian Swimming Federation president Gennady Aleshin was quoted on Sunday as saying he had received an apology but repeated Russia's anger at the "more than unpleasant incident."


The French organizers said they had run out of bottles to administer the dope tests necessary for ratification of world records when Pankratov broke the short-course marks for the 200-meter butterfly on Feb. 3 and the 100-meter butterfly the following day.


Pankratov's trainer at the Volgograd club, Viktor Avdeyenko, told Reuters last week he planned to seek financial compensation from the French swimming authorities.