The American athlete Brianna McNeal, Rios Olympic Champion in the 100-metre hurdles, has been suspended for the time being following a violation of doping rules.
McNeal (29) was allegedly tampered with a doping test and was suspended by the Integrity Committee of World Athletics, the Global Athletics Association, pending consideration of the case.
In 2013, the American, then still under her maiden name Rollins, became World Champion in Moscow in the 100 meter hurdles. That year she ran in Des Moines with 12.26 the fourth time ever walked on this part.
Two years later, she finished fourth at the World Cup in Beijing, but in 2016 she crowned herself Olympic Champion.
The athlete was also suspended in 2017 after missing three doping checks outside the competitions. That gave her a year of suspension, which led McNeal to see the World Championships in London in 2017.
Should it be proved that once again the hurdle has not complied with the doping rules, she is hanging over her head as a repeat divider and suspension for five to eight years.
Competitor of Visser
McNeal, who led the world rankings in the 100-metre hurdles for 21 weeks, is also one of the favourites for the Tokyo Games. This makes her a formidable competitor of Nadine Visser.
The Dutch team regularly ran McNeal, among others at the FBK Games in Almelo in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, Visser improved the Dutch record of Marjan Olyslager in 1989 at the Diamond League competition in Stockholm.
At the last World Cup in Doha in 2019 it did not come to a confrontation. McNeal was already disqualified in the series for a false start.
Visser sharpened her own Dutch record in the semi-finals (12.62) and finished sixth in the final.
See below the duels Visser won with McNeal at the FBK Games in 2018 and 2019 and the Diamond League competition in Stockholm in 2018.
Besides McNeal, four world champions are currently suspended for misses with their whereabouts: the American Christian Coleman (sprint), the Bahraini Salwa Eid Nasser (400m), the Kenyan Elijah Manangoi (1,500m) and the South African Luvo Manyonga (long jump).
Nasser has been acquitted, but the Integrity Committee of the International Athletics Association (AIU) has appealed to the Sports Tribunal CAS.