Australian swimmer gets 12-month ban over missed tests

SYDNEY (AP) Swimming Australia confirmed on Friday that freestyler Thomas Fraser-Holmes, a two-time Olympian, has been banned for 12 months by governing body FINA for missing three drug tests in one year.

Fraser-Holmes, formerly ranked No.1 over 200 meters and a Commonwealth Games gold medalist, will appeal his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a bid to make himself eligible for next April's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Over a three-month period, athletes must nominate an hour-long time-slot when they can be tested by FINA and Australian drug testers unannounced. Missing a test counts as a ''strike'' and three strikes within 12 months can lead to a ban.

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