US runner Sha’Carri Richardson FAILS drug test & says 'I am human' as 'fastest woman in America' faces missing Olympics
AMERICA'S fastest woman Sha'Carri Richardson is set to miss the Tokyo Olympics after reportedly testing positive for cannabis.
The 100m sprinter was set to lead Team USA into the Games later this month.
But news has emerged via Reuters of her failing a drugs test during Olympic trials.
Richardson, 21, ran 100 metres in 10.86 seconds in Oregon last month.
The run, however, has been provisionally disqualified.
Richardson is yet to officially comment on the matter, but tweeted Thursday: "I am human."
Cannabis was banned by WADA as of January 1 this year, and could carry a ban of up to four years.
The suspension can be reduced to just three months, if athletes can prove that their drug use didn't enhance their performance.
But even this reduced ban would rule Richardson out of the Tokyo Games.
The Jamaica Gleaner broke the story and asked Richardson's agent for comment.
But the request was not answered.
After the trials in Oregon, Richardson revealed that her mother had died the previous week.
She told ESPN at the time: "My family has kept me grounded.
"This year has been crazy for me. Going from just last week, losing my biological mother, and I'm still here.
"Last week, finding out my biological mother passed away and still choosing to pursue my dreams, still coming out here, still here to make the family that I do still have on this earth proud.
"I'm highly grateful for them. Without them, there would be no me. Without my grandmother, there would be no Sha'Carri Richardson. My family is my everything, my everything until the day I'm done."
Richardson ran a time of 10.72 seconds back in April, making her the fastest American woman in ten years – and the sixth fastest ever.
She has run five sub-11 second sprints this year.
Richardson was due to compete in the 200m event at the Stockholm Diamond League but was not on the entry list for the race.
She is now set to be replaced by Jenna Prandini, who came fourth in trials last month.
Richardson’s athleticism has seen fans compare her to the legendary Florence “Flo Jo” Griffith Joyner.
Flo-Jo won gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and relay race at the 1988 Seoul Olympics that were held in South Korea.
She died in her sleep after suffering an epileptic seizure in September 1998.
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