HAVANA — Shooter used drug to slow heartbeat
HAVANA -- Pedro Garcia, a silver medalist shooter from Peru (( identified yesterday as the third Pan American Games athlete who failed a doping test, apparently was using a performance-enhancing drug.
Garcia's urine sample contained traces of the drug propranolol, a medication for pulse regulation that slows the heartbeat. Shooters sometimes use such illegal substances, known as beta-blockers, to calm them and help their aim.
In the book "Drugs and the Athlete," propranolol is listed as a therapeutic drug that "may both control migraine headaches and improve hand steadiness in riflery."
Kenneth Friday, a 29-year-old Air Force medic, fought his way into the final at 125 pounds, beating Mexico's Arnulfo Castillo for a team-leading third win in as many fights.
Half of a Canadian brother combination proved too much for teammate Michael DeMoss, however, leaving the U.S. team with four of its original 12 fighters in Sunday's finals.
Friday will face Cuba's Arnaldo Mesa in the 125-pound final, one of three U.S.-Cuba matchups on the final day. Eight Cubans have made the finals, with three more fighting tonight, giving Cuba a chance to win 11 of the 12 golds.
The Pan Am Games have garnered only a 1.2 rating, but Turner Broadcasting appears to be breaking even on the event -- a first for the company, an official said.
More than 26 hours of the games have been broadcast on Turner Television Network, a subsidiary of TBS that reaches about 55 million homes. Of them, portions of the games have been watched in 631,000 homes, a 1.2 rating, said
TBS Sports spokesman Greg Hughes.
The U.S. men came from behind to beat Argentina, 9-15, 15-13, 13-15, 15-11, 15-12, and make the medals round. The Americans are 3-2.
After losing its bid for the 1992 Olympics, the U.S. men's field hockey team dominated Barbados, 7-1, for the bronze medal.
A 4-2 defeat by Canada on Wednesday knocked the U.S. men out of contention for the 1992 games in Barcelona, Spain.
American swimmers Barb Metz and Dan Veatch have decided to retire rather than seek a spot on the 1992 Olympic team.
Each won a silver medal Wednesday night at the Pan American Games, then said it was time to quit.