Australia’s Jack ‘proves’ her point after successful comeback from doping ban

Swimming - Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Women's 50m Freestyle Heats - Optus Aquatic Centre - Gold Coast, Australia - April 6, 2018. Quah Ting Wen of Singapore and Shayna Jack of Australia. REUTERS/David Gray

MELBOURNE, May 19 (Reuters) – Three years after becoming the pariah of Australian swimming, Shayna Jack can finally look ahead with hope after coming back from a doping ban to book her place at the world championships and Commonwealth Games.

The 23-year-old finished second behind Mollie O’Callaghan in the women’s 100 metres freestyle final at national trials in Adelaide on Wednesday and burst into tears while still in the pool.

“I think I proved my point … but I’ll continue to fight back and continue what I do, which is racing all the way through to Paris (2024 Olympics).”

In 2019, Jack was sent home from a training camp in Japan ahead of the world championships with Swimming Australia (SA) saying she withdrew for “personal reasons”.

The revelations came as Jack’s team mate Mack Horton waged a public campaign against Chinese swimmer Sun Yang over his doping record, triggering accusations of hypocrisy.

SA defended its move to conceal the positive test as necessary for confidentiality reasons and to allow Jack a right to fair process, but a former head of the national doping agency said the federation had lied by not disclosing the adverse result.

Sport Integrity Australia, the country’s anti-doping authority, fought to have the full ban reinstated but CAS threw out its challenge last September, allowing Jack to return to the pool.

On Thursday, Jack was splashed across national newspapers and hailed on breakfast TV for breaking back into Australia’s world class freestyle team.

“I guess I always knew that I was a strong female and I always knew that I had resilience and I had determination and really, really obviously wanted to achieve all of these goals in my swimming career,” she told the ‘Today Show’ on Channel Nine.

“But the last three years is just a testimony to that and just shows how hard I do work and how much I do want this.

“And you know, it is just going to keep going up from here.”

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