Australian Olympic swimmer refused ‘B12 injection’ back in the 1980s


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An Australian Olympic medal-winning swimmer has revealed she refused her coach’s instructions to take a vitamin injection for fear it contained illegal performance-enhancing substances.

The female freestyler was a mainstay of the national squad during the 1980s, winning Olympic and Commonwealth medals.

As a teenager, she said she felt pressured by her coach to receive a B12 injection from a doctor. However, sensing the substance could be more sinister, she refused.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, she said: “They wanted me to get this injection – but I had this feeling it wasn’t B12. It just felt wrong and I was highly suspicious. I couldn’t understand why I needed an injection when I could have got it as a supplement.”

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