America’s fastest women might not be at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after all.
Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, who captivated audiences in the U.S. Olympic trials in June while winning the 100m dash with a time of 10.86 seconds, faces a 30-day suspension after testing positive for marijuana, according to Tyler Dragon The Cincinnati Enquirer.
With all natural and synthetic cannabinoids banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, Richardson’s results could be nullified if the positive test came during the trials. If the 21-year-old lost his place in the Olympic team, he would be replaced by Jenna Prandini, who finished fourth in the 100m dash in the trials.
Depending on the length of a potential suspension, Richardson may still be eligible to compete in the 4x100m relay at 5-6 August.
Richardson tweeted “I’m human” on Thursday before news of the positive test broke.
Before he became a professional, the Dallas native captured the 2019 NCAA title in the 100m as a ninth year at LSU. In April at the Miramar Invitational, Richardson ran the 100 meters in 10.72 seconds, which was then the sixth time recorded by a woman at the event. During the semifinal trials in June, he ran a wind-assisted 10.68 seconds, showing around the clock as he crossed the finish line.
That bravado, combined with her outgoing personality, orange hair and full glam look, made her the breakout star of the Olympic trials.
Richardson was expected to be a favorite in the 100 meters at the Tokyo Olympics, seeking to become the first American woman to win gold at the event since Gail Devers in 1996.
With her brightly colored hair and glittering speed, it’s fun watching Sha’Carri Richardson on the track, but Tokyo is better prepared for the whirlwind of personality that she will bring with her to the Olympics on the track too.