“It’s Not a Performance-Enhancing Drug”- USA 100m Ace Trayvon Bromell Opens Up on Sha’Carri Richardson’s Tokyo Olympics 2020 Suspension

Published 07/17/2021, 10:20 AM EDT


Trayvon Bromell is the star of the show when to comes to the 100m sprint. Winning the Diamond League race in Britain, he has once again emerged as a favorite for Olympic Gold and wants to make Tokyo his crowning ceremony as the next fastest man on the planet. 

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Overcoming several hurdles in life including some injuries that may have derailed the careers of other athletes, Bromell fought back and is back to his best ahead of the Tokyo Games. While he is the favorite for the men’s 100m, his counterpart in the female’s 100m race was ruled out of the Olympics this year.

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 18: Sha’Carri Richardson reacts after competing in the first round of the Women’s 100 Meters during day one of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 18, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Sha’Carri Richardson, regarded by many as the next FloJo, was handed a one-month suspension following a failed marijuana test after the Olympic Trials. She had placed first at these trials and immediately became the first hope the USA has had at women’s 100m gold since 1996. 

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“Everyone was loving how fast she was running and for Sha’Carri it sucks because it’s not a performance-enhancing drug,” Bromell said, speaking to The Guardian. “However it is on the banned list, so we do have to abide by the rules. But on the positive side, it is making people kind of rethink. Should this even be on the list?”

Jun 19, 2021; Eugene, OR, USA; Sha’Carri Richardson (middle) celebrates after defeating Gabby Thomas (left) and Javianne Oliver to win the women’s 100m in 10.86 during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Sha’Carri Richardson was the hot topic of the athletics world

Fans and athletes alike were furious at the fact that Sha’Carri Richardson was suspended for marijuana. The sprinter herself revealed she used it as a way to cope with a huge personal loss, and insisted that it was not taken directly before her trials. 

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 19: Sha’Carri Richardson looks on after winning the Women’s 100 Meter final on day 2 of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 19, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

However, the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA), abiding by the rules set by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), handed her the one-month suspension. The agency later revealed that this was the shortest term it could possibly have imposed on her. 

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Richardson would have been able to compete in the 4x100m relay since that event would occur after her suspension term. However, the US Track and Field authorities decided to exclude her from the Olympics entirely.

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 19: Sha’Carri Richardson celebrates winning the Women’s 100 Meter final on day 2 of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 19, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Trayvon Bromell on the other hand has only 100m separating him from gold medal glory. This would also be a huge achievement for the USA since the event had been dominated by Usain Bolt of Jamaica for the last three editions. 

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