— Published 15 January 2021

Brianna McNeal provisionally suspended

Dirty business in the American camp. One of its most successful athletes of her generation, Brianna McNeal (ex Rollins), world champion in 2013 and Olympic at the Rio 2016 Games in the 100m hurdles, has just been temporarily suspended for “obstructing the anti-doping process”. The announcement was made on Thursday (January 14th) by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). At 29, the young woman is not on her first foray into doping. She had already been suspended for one year, between 2017 and 2018, for three breaches of its location obligations. A sanction that had ruled out the London Worlds in 2017. In its press release, the AIU explains that Brianna McNeal is guilty of “obstructing the results management process, a violation of the anti-doping rules of the International Federation of Athletics”. But she does not give more details on the exact nature of her fault. Seven months before the Tokyo Games, American athletics risk losing one of their chances for an Olympic gold medal. This case also tarnishes its image, already troubled by the two-year suspension of sprinter Christian Coleman, reigning world champion in the 100m, sanctioned for three breaches of his whereabouts obligations.