US runner Shelby Houlihan vows to fight 4-year ban: 'Can't believe I'm going through this as a clean athlete'

Houlihan, who holds multiple U.S. distance records, revealed Monday that she received the ban just days before U.S. Olympic trials. She said she tested positive for the banned substance nandrolone and later discovered the drug is found in pig offal. She said she ate a burrito that contained pig offal before her test and said that was the reason why she failed.

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On Wednesday, Houlihan, in an exclusive interview on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” told co-anchor Dana Perino she is still currently banned from competing for four years.

“I’m trying to seek every option that we can to appeal this. It’s not right. I don’t think I should be serving a four-year ban for something that I didn’t do. We’re trying to exhaust every option that we can,” Houlihan said.

She told Bill Hemmer she had never had a positive test and never missed a drug test.

Houlihan, the American record holder in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters, posted on social media that she’s been banned for four years following a positive test for what she concluded was a tainted pork burrito. Houlihan said she received an email from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on Jan. 14, 2021, notifying her that a drug testing sample returned a finding for the anabolic steroid nandrolone. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Houlihan, the American record holder in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters, posted on social media that she’s been banned for four years following a positive test for what she concluded was a tainted pork burrito. Houlihan said she received an email from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on Jan. 14, 2021, notifying her that a drug testing sample returned a finding for the anabolic steroid nandrolone. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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