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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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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Author: Travis Pittman
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