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SPRINT SHOCK World 100 metres champion Christian Coleman banned from Olympics for missing doping tests

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Christian Coleman

World 100 metres champion Christian Coleman has been banned from competition until May 2022 for breaches of anti-doping ‘whereabouts’ rules.

The United States sprinter, who won individual and relay gold at Doha 2019, is not accused of taking a banned substance but was found guilty of two missed tests and one ‘filing failure’ in 2019.

Three whereabouts failures in a 12-month period constitutes a rule violation, meaning Coleman was banned for two years. He has the right to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 30 days of receipt of the decision.

"We do not accept the Athlete's evidence," the AIU said in a statement on its website.

"It is obvious that in fact the athlete did not go home until after making his 8.22pm purchase. We are comfortably satisfied that this is what happened.

"We impose on the athlete a period of ineligibility of two years, which will end on May 13, 2022. The decision may be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport."

Coleman continues to protest his innocence and insists he was on a Christmas shopping trip when anti-doping officers went looking for him last December.

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