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Richardson left off US 4x100m relay team for Tokyo

Sha’Carri Richardson’s positive test came at the US Olympic trials event last month; 21-year-old could have still featured at Tokyo Games as her suspension ends before Tokyo’s track and field programme begins on July 30

Last Updated: 06/07/21 11:42pm


American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson will miss the Tokyo Olympics after she was omitted from the USA’s 4x100m relay team following her one-month ban for testing positive for cannabis.

The 21-year-old won the 100m at the US Olympic trials in June and was expected to be one of the biggest draws at the upcoming Tokyo Games.

Richardson’s positive test came at the Olympic trials event in Oregon and her suspension – which began on June 28 – finishes before Tokyo’s track and field programme begins on 30 July.

But her results at the trials have been wiped out and the United States Anti-Doping Agency had said her eligibility for the Games would be a decision for US Track and Field (USATF) and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

“We are incredibly sympathetic toward Sha’Carri Richardson’s extenuating circumstances and strongly applaud her accountability – and will offer her our continued support both on and off the track,” USATF said in a statement.

Richardson said in an NBC interview last week that she used the banned substance to cope with the death of her mother.

She was regarded as one of the favourites for a gold medal in the 100m, having run the sixth-fastest time in history this year.

The USTF added: “All USATF athletes are equally aware of and must adhere to the current anti-doping code, and our credibility as the National Governing Body would be lost if rules were only enforced under certain circumstances.”

The organisation said it believes the World Anti-Doping Agency rules regarding tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis, “would be re-evaluated.”

“While our heartfelt understanding lies with Sha’Carri, we must also maintain fairness for all of the athletes who attempted to realize their dreams by securing a place on the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team,” it said.

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US track star Sha’Carri Richardson will miss Olympic 100 after marijuana test

TOKYO — American champion Sha’Carri Richardson cannot run in the Olympic 100-meter race after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana.

Richardson, who won the 100 at Olympic trials in 10.86 seconds on June 19, told of her ban Friday on the “Today Show.” She tested positive at the Olympic trials and so her result is erased. Fourth-place finisher Jenna Prandini is expected to get Richardson’s spot in the 100.

Richardson accepted a 30-day suspension that ends July 27, which would be in time to run in the women’s relays. USA Track and Field has not disclosed plans for the relay.

The 21-year-old sprinter was expected to face Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in one of the most highly anticipated races of the Olympic track meet.

On Thursday, as reports swirled about her possible marijuana use, Richardson put out a tweet that said, simply: “I am human.” On Friday, she went on TV and said she smoked marijuana as a way of coping with her mother’s recent death.

“I was definitely triggered and blinded by emotions, blinded by badness, and hurting, and hiding hurt,” she said on “Today.” “I know I can’t hide myself, so in some type of way, I was trying to hide my pain.”

Richardson had what could have been a three-month sanction reduced to one month because she participated in a counseling program.

After the London Olympics, international regulators relaxed the threshold for what constitutes a positive test for marijuana from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 150 ng/m. They explained the new threshold was an attempt to ensure that in-competition use is detected and not use during the days and weeks before competition.

Though there have been wide-ranging debates about whether marijuana should be considered a performance-enhancing drug, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency makes clear on its website that “all synthetic and naturally occurring cannabinoids are prohibited in-competition, except for cannabidiol (CBD),” a byproduct that is being explored for possible medical benefits.

While not weighing in on her prospects for the relays, USATF put out a statement that said her “situation is incredibly unfortunate and devastating for everyone involved.” The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said it was “working with USATF to determine the appropriate next steps.”

Richardson said if she’s allowed to run in the relay “I’m grateful, but if not, I’m just going to focus on myself.”

Her case is the latest in a number of doping-related embarrassments for U.S. track team. Among those banned for the Olympics are the reigning world champion at 100 meters, Christian Coleman, who is serving a suspension for missing tests, and the American record holder at 1,500 and 5,000 meters, Shelby Houlihan, who tested positive for a performance enhancer she blamed on tainted meat in a burrito.

Now, Richardson is out as well, denying the Olympics of a much-hyped race and an electric personality. She ran at the trials with flowing orange hair and long fingernails.

“To put on a face and go out in front of the world and hide my pain, who am I to tell you how to cope when you’re dealing with pain and struggles you’ve never had to experience before?” Richardson said.

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Reports: Sha’Carri Richardson, who won 100-meters at trials, may be out of Olympics

Sha’Carri Richardson won the women’s 100-meters at the Olympic trials, but those results have reportedly been wiped out due to a positive drug test.

U.S. sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson may miss out on running the 100-meters at the Tokyo Olympics after she reportedly tested positive for marijuana at the U.S. Track and Field Trials, according to multiple reports. She would be the second prominent U.S. track athlete in less than a month to learn she will miss competition due to a failed drug test.

But at least one report indicates the suspension may be short enough to allow the 21-year-old, who easily won the 100-meters at trials, to run a relay event later in Tokyo.

The failed test was first reported by the Jamaican Gleaner, which said it learned from a source that traces of a banned substance were found in a recent drug test sample. Reuters, citing sources, later reported it had confirmed that Richardson had tested positive for marijuana and that her results from last month’s Olympic trials were wiped out. The New York Times also said it confirmed with two sources, adding it was unclear if Richardson would appeal.

Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Tyler Dragon tweeted he had confirmed with a source that the suspension was for marijuana. Richardson faces a 30-day suspension, according to Dragon.

A 30-day suspension, if applied on July 1, would mean Richardson would not be able to return until July 31 or August 1. Because the women’s 100-meter preliminaries are on July 30, Richardson would be out. However, Dragon reported that Richardson might be able to run the women’s 4×100-meter relay. Preliminaries are set for Aug. 5.

Requests for comment from USA Track and Field and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for confirmation were not immediately answered.

The Gleaner and Reuters both report Jenna Prandini, the fourth-place finisher at trials, has been approached about replacing Richardson in the 100-meters. Prandini had already qualified for Tokyo in the 200-meters.

In a cryptic tweet Thursday, Richardson wrote “I am human.”

Richardson is set to appear on NBC’s Today Show Friday, the network reportedly told Reuters.

Support for Richardson quickly grew online after the news, with the hashtag #LetHerRun trending on Twitter.

Richardson blew away the field at trials first in the semis in a wind-aided 10.64 seconds, then again in the final in 10.86.

Last month, American record-holder Shelby Houlihan announced she had received a four-year ban from the sport after testing positive for a prohibited steroid. Houlihan, who holds the U.S. records in the 1,500-meters and 5,000-meters, said she believed it was due to a pork burrito she ate hours before the test. There are many examples in recent years of tainted meat causing positives. Houlihan learned of the ban one week before the trials.

On June 3, runner Kahmari Montgomery accepted a one-month ban after testing positive for THC, according to USADA. The length of the ban, which USADA said was the minimum allowed, prevented her from taking part in the trials.

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Olympic track trials: Sha'Carri Richardson bows out of 200m; Felix in lineup

Allyson Felix has been added to the 200m prelims. If she qualifies for the Olympics there, she’ll have a choice to make before Tokyo.

EUGENE, Ore — The Latest on U.S. track and field Olympic trials (all times PDT):

10:30 a.m.

Sha’Carri Richardson is out. Allyson Felix is in.

Start lists for Thursday’s 200-meter preliminaries at U.S. track trials include Felix, who has qualified for the Tokyo Games in the 400, but not Richardson, the 100-meter champion who had been qualified for the longer distance but decided not to race.

If Felix were to finish in the top three at 200 meters, she’d have to choose a distance, because the 200 and 400 will overlap on the Olympic schedule.

When asked last week about her prospects for the 200, Felix said “I think I want to have fun with it.”

“As everyone knows, I love the 200. I used to call it my baby. Now that I have a baby, I can’t do it anymore,” said the 35-year-old who had a daughter, Camryn, in 2018.

Felix has nine Olympic medals. Her only individual gold came in the 200 in 2012. She also won silvers at the distance in ‘04 and ’08, and a sliver in the 400 in 2016.

With potentially record temperatures about to reach the Pacific Northwest, parts of the U.S. track and field trials are being rescheduled to try to beat the heat.

This weekend’s 20-kilometer race walks and the women’s 10,000 and men’s 5,000-meter finals have all been moved to earlier time slots. The walks will start at 7 a.m. Saturday, two hours before originally scheduled.

The women’s 10K is now set for 10 a.m. Saturday and the men’s 5K will start at 10 a.m. Sunday. Both those races had originally been scheduled for late afternoon. The forecast high for Eugene on Saturday is 100 (37 Celsius) and for Sunday it is 107 (41 C).

After a two-day break, action at Hayward Field resumes Thursday with finals in the women’s shot put and women’s steeplechase. In that race, Emma Coburn is seeking her ninth national title and third trip to the Olympics.

Also competing in preliminaries Thursday is hammer thrower Gwen Berry.

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Sha'Carri Richardson notches colorful win at Olympic trials

Even with a slow start, Richardson still finished three body lengths ahead of second place Saturday.

EUGENE, Ore. — Whether watching from Jamaica, Japan or the U.S, it was hard to miss that shock of flowing, orange hair that came streaking across the finish line first in Eugene on Saturday night.

It belongs to Sha’Carri Richardson. And after the eye-opening show she put on at Olympic trials — blowing away the field in the 100-meter semis in a wind-aided 10.64 seconds, then again in the final in 10.86 — she figures to grab her fair share of attention next month in Tokyo.

With her performance, the 21-year-old out of LSU picked up a spot in the Olympics and a national title while also setting up a possible showdown with the Jamaican world champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

An over-the-limit tailwind prevented the 10.64 from becoming official and leaving Richardson only 0.01 behind Fraser-Pryce’s top time of 2021. But the season is far from over. The world record of 10.49 was set by Florence Griffith Joyner in 1988.

“She carries such a firecracker,” said Richardson’s training partner, Justin Gatlin. “She’s capable of running 10.6. I’ve seen her at practice, and she’s capable of running 10.5, actually. She can definitely shock the world.”

Richardson overcame a slow start to pass Javianne Oliver, who started in the lane next to her, and beat her by three body lengths and 0.13 seconds. Teahna Daniels finished third.

About the only question surrounding Richardson this week was what color hair she’d bring to the starting line. Style is part of her game. She says she’s proud to sport long nails, too, just like one of her idols — Griffith Joyner.

While Richardson’s blazing speed made her close to a sure thing in the women’s 100, the men’s sprint is nowhere near as settled.

The race for the three Olympic spots in their crowded 100 could be the best battle of the meet. They ran their qualifying heat Saturday, and all the “big” names made it through. That now includes Fred Kerley, whose main distance is the 400 meters but who made the 100 more interesting when, on the heels of a 9.91 earlier this season, he decided to be a short sprinter for this Olympic cycle.

“The bigger plan is still 400 meters for the next coming years,” Kerley said. “Right now, I’m focusing on getting everything correct and getting up my speed up so I can make history.”

He made it through his heat, and now Gatlin (the former Olympic and world champion) and Trayvon Bromell (this year’s world leader at 9.77), and star-in-the-making Noah Lyles, whose chances are more secure in the 200, have something to worry about as they approach Sunday’s finals.

Or maybe not.

“Everything is in preparation for the 200 as far as I’m concerned,” said Lyles, the world champion at 200 meters, in his strongest indicator yet of where his mind really rests for this meet.

That packed field does not include the reigning world champion, Christian Coleman, who is banned this year because of a doping violation that stemmed from a series of missed tests and a failed appeal to have the suspension overturned.

Coleman’s fate is sealed. Defending Olympic champion hurdler Brianna McNeal’s is not. She, too, has an appeal on a whereabouts case pending, but international officials are letting her run here while the case is decided.

“I want to cry right now,” she said after winning her qualifying heat in the 100 hurdles. “You guys don’t understand how much I’ve been going through this year. I’m just very emotional.”

In Saturday’s only other final, Valarie Allman won the discus throw to make the Olympic team, while in the women’s 400 semis, Allyson Felix stayed on track to make her fifth team by qualifying for Sunday’s final.

Richardson will be a first-timer, poised to square off with Fraser-Pryce, who has six Olympic medals, including the gold in the 100 in both 2008 and 2012. Jamaica’s Olympic qualifying is next weekend, though nobody’s doubting Fraser-Pryce — aka “The Pocket Rocket” — will skate through.

The 34-year-old mom has also been known to bring out brightly colored hair styles for her biggest events. Looks like she’ll have competition from Richardson on that front, too.

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Liam Neeson and son Micheál: 'Emotional new film helped us face Natasha Richardson death'

Hollywood and Broadway star Natasha was only 45 when she died after a freak accident on a learner slope at a ski resort outside Montreal. She had fallen and hit her head but initially refused treatment. Nobody knew she had suffered from bleeding between her brain and skull. Two hours later she complained of extreme headaches and was flown to a hospital where she died two days later.
Natasha died on March 18, 2009 with her husband Liam at her hospital bedside. The family had had to make the devastating decision to turn off life support after severe and fatal brain damage was detected.

She left behind two young sons, Micheál and Daniel, as well as her famous sister Joel Richardson and mother Vanessa Redgrave.

The younger members of the family have rarely spoken publicly of their grief and loss, but a new film has been a “cathartic” process, says Liam.

When it was first announced, Micheál said: “The parallels were so apparent that it felt like my mom, in a spiritual sense, had a hand in it.”

Micheál was only 13 when he lost his mother and admitted he had been unable to properly process it at the time.

He said, “I think the pain was a little too overwhelming.

“I think the mind is very powerful, and subconsciously, or unconsciously, it can protect you.

“That’s what it did when she passed. I just pushed it aside and didn’t want to deal with it.”

Father and son appeared on Graham Norton this week and spoke honestly about the experience of acting out a story that mirrored their own so closely.

Liam said: “When I read the script I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this is a bit near the knuckle.’ I felt a churning in the gut, but thought it would be great to do and to do it with my son.” 

Not only does it portray a family struggling with the loss of a wife and mother, but it also shows a son trying to follow in the footsteps of his famous father (in the film he is an artist).

Despite the subject-matter, Made In Italy is a gentle romantic comedy. Directed and written by fellow actor James D’Arcy, it also stars Lindsay Duncan.

Even so, Liam said everyone involved with the project was very aware of his family’s own story, especially when filming some of the more emotional scenes.

Liam said: “It was cathartic in a way – the way in which art sometimes can be.

“There were some very delicate emotional scenes, and I could access the emotion without any problem, I didn’t need days to build up to it and I thought Micheál would be the same. 

“We had such a delicate producer and such a supportive crew that we felt wonderfully comfortable.”

Micheál also talks about how “traumatic” his childhood could be with two famous parents.

Micheál said: “I watched all their movies, but it was kind of traumatising at the age of five seeing my dad sliced in half by a lightsaber or blown up in some crazy factory explosion, and also kissing somebody else.

“As a kid, I thought it was CGI or some Hollywood effect, it wasn’t real!”

He is, of course referring to Liam’s famous role as the Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn, who met a grisly death in the Star Wars prequels.

The Graham Norton Show is available on BBC iPlayer.

Made In Italy is out now Amazon Prime