14.01.2021 – 16:55
Seven months before the Tokyo Olympics, the 2016 Olympic 100 hurdle champion was suspended for “impeding the anti-doping operation”.
American Brianna McNeill, 100 hurdler Olympic champion in Rio 2016, has been suspended temporarily. The Athletics Integrity Unit (Aiu) said the reason was “to impede the anti-doping process”. The university accuses the 29-year-old runner of “obstructing the results management process, which is a violation of the anti-doping rules of the International Athletics Federation,” without providing further details on this matter.
Seven months before the Tokyo Olympics, the decision represents a major blow to US athletics after one of its biggest stars, runner Christian Coleman, was suspended for two years after three violations of the placement clause. Required by the anti-doping regulation. The 100-meter world champ has appealed to the Sports Arbitration Tribunal (TAS).
McNeil was crowned in Rio and the gold medal at the 2013 World Cup in Moscow, and he was already suspended for one year between 2017 and 2018 for the same reason that led to a fine against Coleman. As a result, she was forced to miss the 2017 World Cup in London. Returning to competitions in 2018, she was disqualified due to a wrong start to the qualifiers at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.