World's Fastest Man Will Miss Tokyo Olympics

Panel refuses to overturn Christian Coleman ban
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 16, 2021 3:54 AM CDT
World's Fastest Man Will Miss Tokyo Olympics
In this Sept. 28, 2019 photo, Christian Coleman, of the United States, celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 100 meter final race at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The fastest man in the world, American sprinter Christian Coleman, will miss the Tokyo Olympics after failing Friday in an appeal to overturn his ban for missing doping tests. The Court of Arbitration for Sport did cut the 100-meter world champion’s ban from two years to 18 months, but the ban won't expire until November, three months after the Olympics, the AP reports. The panel of three judges said 18 months "was the appropriate sanction in the circumstances" because Coleman was not entirely at fault for one of his three missed tests in a one-year period. They said it was "reasonable for the athlete to expect" a telephone call from a sample collection official to return to his apartment during the 60-minute period he said he would be available on Dec. 9, 2019.

A call such as that is not required within the anti-doping rules, the judges acknowledged. The judges also noted Coleman “should have been on 'high-alert' on that day, given the two existing 'whereabout' failures against him." Coleman had challenged the two-year ban imposed last October by an independent tribunal at track and field’s Athletics Integrity Unit. He will now be clear to compete in the full 2022 season which includes the world championships in Eugene, Oregon. Coleman won the 2019 world title in Doha, Qatar, after being cleared on a technicality to run despite missed tests.

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