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Russian TV likens Michael Phelps cupping therapy to meldonium

  • Olympic swimming champion has used legal therapy at Rio 2016
  • Russian athletes have tested positive for meldonium in the past

The Olympic pool in Rio continues to be a nexus of petty insults, behindbacks and accusations. As the war between Australian swimmer Mack Horton and the entire nation of China continued on Monday, Russia took aim at its old enemy the United States.

Michael Phelps won his 19th Olympic gold medal on Sunday, and attracted just as much attention for the purple marks all over his body. They come from cupping therapy, a suction-based massage popular with the US Olympic team. There was a huge Google spike after Phelps won gold from fans trying to figure out if he’s been attacked by leeches.

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