Olympic 100m hurdles champion at the Rio Games in 2016, American Brianna McNeal has just been suspended for five years for anti-doping rule violation. If confirmation from CAS, it will therefore miss the Tokyo Olympics.
She won gold in Rio, but could miss the Tokyo Games this summer, and even those in Paris in 2024. Olympic champion in the 100m hurdles in 2016, the American Brianna McNeal (Brianna Rollins at the time) was suspended for five years for “obstructing the results management process, in violation of the anti-doping rules of the International Athletics Federation,” the Athletics Integrity Unit (IAU) announced on Friday.
Already suspended in 2017
The athlete having appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the sanction – which takes effect from August 15, 2020 – is however provisionally frozen pending the decision of the body, which must take place before the Olympic Games in Tokyo (July 23-August 8), specifies the IAU. McNeal can therefore continue to compete until the end of the American selections, scheduled for June 27.
The latter had already been suspended for one year by the American anti-doping agency (USADA) in 2017 for having missed three controls the previous year, by lack of location. She returned to the forefront in 2018, then 2019 by finishing third in the United States championships, and by qualifying for the Worlds. But she was disqualified from the 100m hurdles in Doha after a false start in the playoffs.