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Canadian sprint canoer Laurence Vincent-Lapointe fails doping test

Canadian sprint canoer Laurence Vincent-Lapointe fails doping test

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivieres, Que., will not compete at this week's canoe sprint world championships in Szeged, Hungary after failing an out-of-competition doping test in late July.

The 11-time world champion's positive result may have been caused by inadvertent and unknowing use of a prohibited substance from such a source, according to a Canoe Kayak Canada news release.

"This feels like a nightmare; I still cannot believe what has happened," the 27-year-old is quoted as saying in the news release. "I am shocked and completely devastated … because I have done absolutely nothing wrong and have nothing to hide."

On June 1, Vincent-Lapointe won a gold medal in the women's C1 200-metre event at a World Cup in Duisberg, Germany, for a second consecutive week following a victory in Poznan, Poland.

She will address the media in Quebec on Tuesday.

Canoe Kayak Canada will not make any further comment regarding this case, pending the final outcome of the matter.