Olympic 100m hurdles champion Brianna McNeal has been provisionally suspended for doping violations, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) introduced on Thursday. The 29-year-old American, who claimed Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and likewise gained world gold in Moscow in 2013, was charged with “tampering” with a part of a doping management, the AIU mentioned. McNeal, who gained Olympic and world golds whereas operating beneath her maiden identify of Rollins, is proprietor of the joint fourth-fastest run in 100m hurdles historical past, having clocked 12.26 seconds in Des Moines in 2013.
However she now faces the prospect of lacking the rescheduled Tokyo Video games later this yr.
McNeal was beforehand handed a one-year suspension by the US Anti-Doping Company (USADA), for failing to correctly file whereabouts data for out-of-competition testing 3 times in 2016.
The date of her third and final missed whereabouts report was September 27, simply 5 weeks after her success in Rio.
The ban meant McNeal missed the 2017 world championships in London, however didn’t have an effect on the gold she gained in Brazil.
The hurdler did full eight out-of-competition exams over the course of 2016 and didn’t check optimistic.
McNeal acquired the least allowable penalty from USADA after it emerged that for 2 of the missed exams, post-Rio, she had firstly been travelling to her residence state of Florida to be honoured after which to satisfy then-US president Barack Obama.
The ban is a blow to trace and subject, which has seen a raft of high-profile athletes choose up suspensions for anti-doping violations.
South African Olympic lengthy bounce silver medallist Luvo Manyonga, a world champion in 2017 and Commonwealth champion in 2018, final week fell foul of the AIU over whereabouts points.
Manyonga is the fourth athletics world champion since 2017 banned for a whereabouts infraction. He follows Kenyan middle-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 try and run on the Tokyo Olympics.