America’s fastest woman may not get to compete in the Tokyo Olympics.
Sha’Carri Richardson’s U.S. Olympic Trials performance in the 100 meters was disqualified Thursday after she failed a drug test, according to multiple reports. The Gleaner, a newspaper in Jamaica, was the first to report the news. The test was administered as last month’s trials.
Richardson, 21, is facing a potential 30-day suspension for testing positive for marijuana, according to reports. The Gleaner reported her ban could range from one to three months. If she is suspended for only a month, the ban would end in time for her to potentially run as part of the 4 x 100 women’s relay team. The Tokyo Games are set to open on July 23 and run until Aug. 8, with the first round of the 4 x 100 set for Aug. 5.
Richardson was one of the favorites to challenge for gold in 100 meters. She won the U.S. Olympic trials in a time of 10.86 seconds on June 19, but that performance was provisionally disqualified after the positive test. Her personal best time of 10.73 is the second fastest in the world this year. The fourth-place finisher at the U.S. trials, Jenna Prandini, would replace Richardson on the team if she is disqualified or suspended.
During her post-race interview with NBC after winning the 100 meters at the trials, Richardson revealed her biological mother had recently passed away. She praised her family for their support, saying “without them, there is no me. Without my grandmother, there would be no Sha’carri Richardson.”
Richardson, who tweeted “I am human” on Thursday afternoon, withdrew from Sunday’s Diamond League meet in Stockholm, Sweden. She was scheduled to run the 200 meters.