Watch:

Australian Olympic medallist on drugs possession charge

Reuters
Australia's Huegill watches scoreboard after competing in men's 50m butterfly semi-final at 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai
.

View photo

Australia's Geoff Huegill watches the scoreboard after competing in the men's 50m butterfly semi-final …

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian former Olympic swimmer Geoff Huegill has been charged with drug possession by police in Sydney after being arrested at a horse racing meeting at the weekend.

Huegill, who won a medley relay silver and a 100 meters butterfly bronze for Australia at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, was charged with his wife on Saturday and will appear at a Sydney court next month.

"Police were patrolling Randwick racecourse as part of their general duties when they were directed to a suite in the grandstand by security personnel," a police spokeswoman said.

"Police spoke to a 35-year-old old man and his 30-year-old wife, who were alleged to be in possession of a small quantity of white powder, believed to be cocaine."

Huegill posted links on his Twitter account on Saturday to pictures of himself and his wife beaming in a room at the race meeting while drinking champagne.

"Enjoying the day with @mshuegill in the Moët suites at Randwick today," a caption read.

Huegill's lawyer Paul Hunt confirmed the couple were issued with a court notice.

"As the matter is not yet resolved, my clients do not intend to make any further comment at this point in time," he said in a statement.

A former 50m butterfly world record holder, Huegill retired from the pool after the 2004 Athens Olympics and battled depression, weight and alcohol problems before making a highly publicised comeback in 2008.

He won golds at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and took a world championship bronze in Shanghai the following year before quitting the pool again after failing to qualify for the 2012 London Games.

Huegill's drugs charge follows problems with fellow former Australian swimmers in Ian Thorpe and Grant Hackett in recent months.

Five-time Olympic champion Thorpe was checked into a health clinic in February to treat depression after he was found disoriented and behaving oddly near a parked car in a Sydney suburb.

Triple Olympic champion Hackett flew to the United States later the same month to seek treatment for an addiction to a sleeping medication after he was photographed shirtless in the lobby of a Melbourne casino.

(Writing by Ian Ransom; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

View Comments (0)
  • Tennis-Djokovic dismisses up-and-coming Kokkinakis to advance

    PARIS, May 30 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic continuted his smooth progression htowards a maiden French Open title with a 6-4 6-4 6-4 dismissal of Australian prodigy Thanasi Kokkinakis to reach the fourth round on Saturday. The world number one from … More »

    Reuters - 1 minute 36 seconds ago
  • Kane strikes again as Spurs win in Sydney

    By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane's run of goals shows no sign of drying up as the England international struck to secure a 1-0 win over Sydney FC in front of 71,549 fans in a friendly at the Olympic Stadium … More »

    Reuters - 3 minutes 11 seconds ago
  • Cook closes on record as England make solid start

    Cook closes on record as England make solid start

    By Ed Osmond LEEDS, England (Reuters) - Openers Alastair Cook and Adam Lyth carefully guided England to 54 for no wicket at lunch on the second day of the second test against New Zealand at Headingley on Saturday. Replying to New Zealand's total … More »

    Reuters - 5 minutes ago
  • THE LATEST: Europe, US are likely bidders for 2026 World Cup

    THE LATEST: Europe, US are likely bidders for 2026 World Cup

    8:15 a.m. EDT)ok FIFA will let Europe bid for the 2026 World Cup despite comments by FIFA chief Sepp Blatter that it would be too soon after Russia hosts the 2018 tournament. Instead, FIFA's executive committee on Saturday kept an existing rule … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 minutes ago
  • Singapore's Mardan wins Bangladesh Open

    Singaporean Mardan Mamat held his nerve to complete a wire-to-wire victory at the inaugural Bangladesh Open on Saturday for his fifth Asian Tour title. The 47-year-old posted a final round two-under-par 69 for a tournament total of 14-under 270 and … More »

    Reuters - 9 minutes ago