U.S. sprinter Stevens provisionally suspended over whereabouts failure
American sprinter Deajah Stevens, who reached the 2016 Rio Olympics 200 metres final, has been provisionally suspended for failing to make herself available for anti-doping tests, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Friday.
Stevens cumulated three whereabouts violations over a 12-month period, the AIU said in a statement.
The 24-year-old won the U.S. 200m title a year after finishing seventh in the Olympics final.
Her 23-year-old compatriot Gabrielle Thomas, twice a 200m winner at the Lausanne Diamond League, was also provisionally suspended for three whereabouts violations, the AIU said.
Kenyan Alex Korio Oliotiptip, who took part in last year’s INEOS 1:59 challenge which saw compatriot Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours, was also suspended for three whereabouts violations.
All three athletes could face a two-year ban.
Mikel Kiprotich Mutai of Kenya, who won the Hong Kong marathon in 2016, was provisionally suspended for failing a test for the banned substance norandrosterone, the AIU added.
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