BARCELONA, Spain -- Shot putter Bonnie Dasse of Costa Mesa, Calif., Saturday became the fourth athlete -- and second from the United States -- to be banned from the 1992 Olympic Games for failing a drug test.
The International Olympic Committee announced that Dasse had tested positive for use of the banned substance Clenbuterol, a stimulant that also acts as a muscle builder. U.S. hammer thrower Jud Logan, 33, of North Canton, Ohio, also was expelled from the game two days ago when he tested positive for using the same drug.
'The executive board decided to exclude the U.S. athlete Bonnie Dasse. She was competing in the shot put event. She is excluded for the use of Clenbuterol,' Michele Verdier, the IOC Head of Information announced Saturday.
Dasse, 33, completed the qualifying round of the women's event three days ago, finishing eighth with a throw of 54 feet, 8 inches. She did not qualify for the final round.
'We are saddened anytime there is a positive drug test for any American athlete,' said Dr. Harvey Schiller, secretary general of the U.S. Olympic Committee. 'The USOC is committed to a policy of drug free sports and we hope this unfortunate occasion will send a message to other athletes that the use of performance enhancing drugs will not be tolerated.'
Clenbuterol, although not a steroid, is an anabolic agent that acts as a stimulant and muscle building agent. Since it is in the 'B' category of banned drugs, Dasse and Logan are suspended from competition for three months.
A Chinese volleyball player and a women's marathon runner from the Unified Team previously tested positive for use of banned substances.
Dasse was 12th in the shot put at the 1988 Olympic Games and finished 17th at the 1987 World Track and Field Championships. She has been ranked in the top 10 among U.S. shot plutters every year since 1983 and has competed in four U.S. Olympic Festivals. She was the bronze medalist in the shot in the '91 Olympic Festival and was the '86, '87 and '90 U. S. Olympic Festival champion.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Dasse tried here hand at the discus event in 1986 and was ranked seventh in the United States that year.
Logan and Dasse are the fourth and fifth Americans to test positive in Olympic history. Others were swimmer Rick Demont (1972) and weightlifters Marc Cameron and Phillippe Grippaldi (1976).