Mette Jacobsen

Mette Jacobsen (born 24 March 1973 in Nakskov) is a former freestyle and butterfly swimmer from Denmark who competed in five consecutive Summer Olympics for her native country, starting in 1988. She won a total of 32 individual medals in international championships in a period from 1989 to 2005.

Mette Jacobsen
Personal information
Born (1973-03-24) 24 March 1973
Nakskov, Denmark
Height1.70 m (5 ft, 7 in)[1]
Weight62 kg (137 lb)[1]
StrokesFreestyle, butterfly, backstroke
ClubNakskov SK

Doping allegation and suspension

Prior to the 2004 Summer Olympics, Jacobsen was accused by FINA of using Salbutamol as a doping substance.[2] In a 2006 interview with DR she told Jyllands-Posten that it was legal for her to use this substance since 1993 because of her asthma. The substance itself, produced prednisone, which then increased her swimming capacity according to FINA. Despite the battle, she was suspended for half a year as a warning,[3] which was issued by LEN,[4] but never resumed swimming ever since because she cannot compete without it.[5]


  1. "Mette Jacobsen's biography on the official FINA website". Retrieved 20 September 2007.
  2. "Mette Jacobsen frikendt for dopinganklage" [Mette Jacobsen acquitted of doping charges]. BT. 10 May 2006. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  3. "FINA Doping Panel Decision on Swimmer Mette Jacobsen". 23 July 2004. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  4. "Grådkvalt Jacobsen får dopingadvarsel" [Crying Jacobsen gets a warning]. Ekstra Bladet. 23 July 2006. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  5. Anders Laursen (7 January 2006). "Mette Jacobsen i ny sag om doping" [Mette Jacobsen in a new case on doping]. DR. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
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