Hurdler Rollins banned for missing drug tests

- Reuters, LOS ANGELES

Apr 22, 2017-

Olympic 100 metres hurdles champion Brianna Rollins was handed a one-year suspension for failing to properly file whereabouts information for out-of-competition testing, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Thursday.

Rollins, who led an American sweep of the podium at last August’s Rio Olympics, was unavailable for three doping tests during 2016, which constitutes a doping rule violation, USADA said in a statement. The 25-year-old American did however complete eight out-of-competition tests in 2016 and did not test positive. She also passed all eight in-competition drug tests she took last year.

Rollins will keep her Olympic gold medal since USADA said her competitive results would only be annulled from September 27, the date of her third whereabouts failure. She was also unavailable for tests on April 27 and September 13. The ban, retroactive to December 19, means Rollins will miss the August World Championships in London. She won the 100m hurdles at the 2013 World Championships.

Published: 22-04-2017 09:00

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