Did 6 Months Give Oussama Mellouli The Gold? Well that is what the folks over at Steroid Nation believe LINK. Oussama Mellouli tested positive for amphetamine. FINA gave him an 18 month suspension instead of the standard 24 month ban. This allowed Mellouli to compete in the Beijing Olympics which he then won Gold in the 1500 Meter Freestyle.
Swimming World LINK reported that Mellouli was using a banned substance while seeking a way to aid in his academic studies. This illegal substance was Adderall which is prescribed to those with ADHD or attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder.
Either way one has to sit back and wonder if Mellouli was given the standard 24 month ban then Grant Hackett would have won gold in the 1500 and been a triple Olympic winner in that event. Lucky guy that Mellouli, lucky.