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Sports Brianna McNeal finishes second in 100-meter hurdles. Will she be cleared to race in Olympics?

14:44  21 june  2021
14:44  21 june  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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Brianna McNeal qualified for Tokyo to defend her Olympic title on Sunday, but her Olympic eligibility remains in jeopardy.

Brianna Rollins standing in front of a crowd: Brianna McNeal competes in the 100-meter hurdles during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. © Kirby Lee, Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Brianna McNeal competes in the 100-meter hurdles during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field.

McNeal crossed the line in second place in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, earning an all-important top-three spot with Keni Harrison (first place) and Christina Clemons (third). Yet the reigning Olympic champion is in an ongoing appeals battle. She is facing a five-year ban for violating anti-doping rules, an international disciplinary panel ruled earlier this month.

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McNeal, 29, is accused of "tampering within the results management process," according to a ruling from the Athletics Integrity Unit, which declined to release the full text of its decision – including specifics about the violation – due to "confidentiality reasons." The AIU runs the anti-doping program for track and field's international governing body.

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McNeal was allowed to compete in the U.S. Olympic trials while her appeal is pending. She did her job on the track by finishing second Sunday.

“I can celebrate this. I’m just happy I had the opportunity to be able to compete here. I thank God for that. It’s been a long journey,” McNeal  said. “The next few weeks I’m just going to continue to pray and trust in God to see me through and hope that all things work out for my good. I’m just gonna take it day by day.”

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The fourth-place finisher, Gabbi Cunningham, will replace McNeal on the U.S. Olympic team if McNeal’s appeal is denied.

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