American sprinter Christian Coleman, the reigning 100m world champion, has been suspended for two years for failing to meet his anti-doping whereabouts obligations. He should therefore miss the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled for summer 2021.
The fastest man in the world is expected to miss the next Olympics. Christian Coleman, reigning 100m world champion, has been suspended for two years for failing to meet his anti-doping whereabouts obligations, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced on Tuesday. He was provisionally suspended in 2020, for having missed three doping controls on January 16, April 26 and December 9, 2019. The American has 30 days to appeal.
With a personal best 9’76, Christian Coleman has been the fastest man on the planet for several years. He was notably vice-world champion in London in 2017, then in gold in Doha in 2019, where he was also crowned in the 4x100m relay. He had not participated in the 100m of the Rio Olympics in 2016.
The Tokyo Games should therefore be his first opportunity to shine in the queen race, but this suspension should prevent him from defending his chances, the competition being scheduled from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The IAU has said Coleman could resume competition from May 13, 2022.