United States of America Track and Field (USATF) called Sha’Carri Richardson positive test “incredibly unfortunate and devastating.”
Richardson, one of the fastest sprinters this season, tested for the use of marijuana. Cannabis, marijuana, and hashish are Specified Substances in the class of Cannabinoids and are prohibited in-competition under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement.
In a statement, USA Track & Field said, “Sha’Carri Richardson’s situation is incredibly unfortunate and devastating for everyone involved.”
“Athlete health and well-being continue to be one of USATF’s most critical priorities, and we will work with Sha’Carri to ensure she has ample resources to overcome any mental health challenges now and in the future,” the statement said.
Richardson showboated earlier in the semi-final, easing up some 20 metres from the line in 10.64. The wind reading was 2.6m/s.
Javianne Oliver, who ran 10.83 (+2.5m/s) in semis, ran 10.99 for second in the final. The third Tokyo qualifying spot went to Teahna Daniels in 11.03.
Jenna Prandini, who ran 11.11 for fourth in the final, is likely to take Richardson’s space.
She accepted a one-month ban and will miss the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“This will be the last time the Olympics don’t see Sha’Carri Richardson, and this will be the last time the US doesn’t come home with a gold metal in the 100,” Richardson said Friday on NCB.
“This is just one games. I’m 21. I’m very young,” she said. “I have plenty of games left in me to compete in, and I have plenty of talent that backs me up.”