Alistair Brownlee, the two-time Olympic triathlon champion, took the banned substance acetazolamide three times in 2013 after being granted a therapeutic use exemption (TUE). The sixth release of data from Russia hackers Fancy Bears includes the 28-year-old, who becomes the latest athlete to hail from Great Britain to be included in the leak.
Brownlee took the diuretic, which is regarded as a masking agent but also treats conditions such as altitude sickness and epilepsy, three times in October 2013 and was granted the TUE by the United Kingdom Anti-Doping Agency [UKAD] less than a week later. He joins the likes of Mo Farah, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Justin Rose in having his private details exposed, though there is no evidence any of the athletes have broken the rules.
The Yorkshire-born athlete has won 11 major triathlon titles during his career including retaining his Olympic title in Rio. His heroics in 2016 did not end there however, after he helped his brother Jonny across the line in the final World Triathlon Series race of the season in Mexico – earning global acclaim after the act scuppered his own chances of victory.
Speaking last week regarding the prospect of his data, or that of his brother, being leaked by the Fancy Bears group, Brownlee said: "It's exceptionally worrying that they can get into that situation and access private medical records. But neither of us have any particular TUEs we need hiding. I think you [Jonny] haven't got any. I've got one thing for when I climbed Kilimanjaro so we're not particularly worried about it, if it comes out it comes out."
Among the other stand-out names included in the sixth leak of data following a breach of the Wada, World Anti-Doping Agency's ADAMS portal, which contains the data from every Olympic athlete, is New Zealand rower Mahe Drysdale. The 37-year-old, who retained his Olympic single sculls title in Rio, took fluocortoione four times between March 2015 and July 2016. The banned steroid can be used to treat haemorrhoids and acts as an anti-inflammatory or pain killer.