18 Oct 2008

Irish equestrian rider disqualified from Beijing

2:33 pm on 18 October 2008

Irish rider Denis Lynch has been officially disqualified from the Beijing Olympics equestrian events for a positive drug test on his horse.

The International Equestrian Federation also suspended the 32-year-old Lynch from competing in the sport for three months.

His horse Lantinus tested positive for capsaicin, a banned pain relieving medication derived from chili peppers.

Lynch and Lantinus finished tied for seventh in qualifying in the individual jumping class but were prevented from taking part in the final, which was held in Hong Kong.