America's Fastest Woman Could Miss Olympics After Failed Drug Test
Sha’Carri Richardson’s U.S. Olympic Trials performance in the 100 meters was disqualified Thursday after she failed a drug test. The test was administered as last month’s trials.
Richardson is facing a potential 30-day suspension for testing positive for marijuana. Her ban could range from one to three months. If she is suspended for only a month, the ban would end in time for her to potentially run as part of the 4 x 100 women’s relay team.
The Tokyo Games are set to open on July 23 and run until Aug. 8, with the first round of the 4 x 100 set for Aug. 5.
Richardson was one of the favorites to challenge for gold in 100 meters. She won the U.S. Olympic trials in a time of 10.86 seconds on June 19, but that performance was provisionally disqualified after the positive test. Her personal best time of 10.73 is the second fastest in the world this year. The fourth-place finisher at the U.S. trials, Jenna Prandini, would replace Richardson on the team if she is disqualified or suspended.
Richardson tweeted “I am human” on Thursday afternoon. She withdrew from Sunday’s Diamond League meet in Stockholm, Sweden, where she was scheduled to run the 200 meters.