American Brianna McNeal Suspended; May Miss Tokyo Games

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The Athletics Integrity Unit AIU announced today that Olympic 100m hurdles champion Brianna McNeal has been provisionally suspended for doping violations.

The AIU said the 29-year-old American, who claimed Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and also won world gold in Moscow in 2013, was charged with “tampering” with part of a doping control.

McNeal, who won Olympic and world golds while running under her maiden name of Rollins, is owner of the joint fourth-fastest run in 100m hurdles history, having clocked 12.26 seconds in 2013.

But she now faces the prospect of missing the rescheduled Tokyo Games later this year.