Brianna McNeal claimed Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.© AFP
Olympic 100m hurdles champion Brianna McNeal has been provisionally suspended for doping violations, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced on Thursday. The 29-300 and sixty five days-dilapidated American, who claimed Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and likewise received world gold in Moscow in 2013, change into as soon as charged with “tampering” with portion of a doping take an eye on, the AIU acknowledged. McNeal, who received Olympic and world golds while running under her maiden title of Rollins, is owner of the joint fourth-quickest walk in 100m hurdles historical past, having clocked 12.26 seconds in Des Moines in 2013.
However she now faces the likelihood of missing the rescheduled Tokyo Games later this 300 and sixty five days.
McNeal change into as soon as previously handed a one-300 and sixty five days suspension by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), for failing to properly file whereabouts data for out-of-competition checking out three instances in 2016.
The date of her third and final omitted whereabouts account change into as soon as September 27, true five weeks after her success in Rio.
The ban meant McNeal omitted the 2017 world championships in London, nonetheless did no longer rep an influence on the gold she received in Brazil.
The hurdler did full eight out-of-competition tests over the route of 2016 and did no longer take a look at certain.
McNeal received the least allowable penalty from USADA after it emerged that for two of the omitted tests, put up-Rio, she had first and most significant been travelling to her home assert of Florida to be honoured and then to meet then-US president Barack Obama.
The ban is a blow to notice and field, which has viewed a raft of high-profile athletes take up suspensions for anti-doping violations.
South African Olympic long jump silver medallist Luvo Manyonga, an international champion in 2017 and Commonwealth champion in 2018, final week fell defective of the AIU over whereabouts points.
Manyonga is the fourth athletics world champion since 2017 banned for a whereabouts infraction. He follows Kenyan center-distance runner Elijah Manangoi, Bahraini runner Salwa Eid Naser and US sprinter Christian Coleman,
Coleman, the 100m world champion in Doha in 2019, has appealed his ban in an strive and walk at the Tokyo Olympics.
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