100 Metres Olympic Champion Brianna Rollins (USA)Banned for Missing Drug Tests Thursday April 20,2017
Olympic 100 metres hurdles champion Brianna Rollins(USA) was handed a one-year suspension for failing to properly file whereabouts information for out-of-competition testing, the US Anti-Doping Agency said on Thursday April 20,2017
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.
Brianna Rollins will keep her Olympic gold medal since USADA said her competitive results would only be annulled from Sept. 27, the date of her third whereabouts failure. She was also unavailable for tests on April 27 and Sept. 13.
The ban, retroactive to Dec. 19, means Rollins will miss the August world championships in London. She won the 100m hurdles at the 2013 world championships.
"I accept full responsibility for the mistakes that have led to my suspension, and am disappointed that I will have to miss this coming outdoor season, as a result of my confusion over how the whereabouts programme worked," Rollins said in a statement.
"This is a very unpleasant experience, but I am able to see where errors were made. Understanding this will prevent any similar issues in the future, I will accept the sanction and work to prepare myself for my return in 2018."