Reigning world 100 meters champion Christian Coleman is facing a two-year suspension after revealing on Tuesday he missed a drugs test last December.
The US sprint star – who only narrowly avoided being banned last year after three violations of anti-doping “whereabouts” rules across 2018 and 2019 – revealed details of his latest missed test in a statement on Twitter.
Coleman said he had unsuccessfully challenged an Athletics Integrity Unit finding that he missed a test on December 9 2019.
“And now this might result in me being suspended from other filing failures that occurred well over a year ago at this point,” Coleman said.
Coleman’s impassioned statement on Twitter was accompanied by what appeared to be a copy of his formal notification from the AIU of a missed test.
If the missed case is confirmed, Coleman could face a suspension of up to two years, ruling him out of next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Coleman, 24, escaped suspension on a technicality ahead of last September’s World Championships in Doha after it emerged he had committed three whereabouts failures in a 12-month period. Those offences were recorded on June 6, 2018, January 16, 2019 and April 26, 2019.
However Coleman had successfully argued that the first missed case should have been backdated to…