World hurdler Tobi Amusan says she has been charged with an anti-doping rule violation for missing three drug tests in the span of 12 months.
The Nigerian posted the news on her Instagram account on Tuesday and said she would fight the charges.
«I am a CLEAN athlete, and I am tested regularly (perhaps more than usual) by the AIU,» she wrote, referring to the Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees doping problems on the international track and is the agency that accused her. of rape…
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At the world championships in Oregon last year, Amusan surprised a still-arriving crowd by setting the world record with a time of 12.12 seconds in the semifinals of the 100m hurdles. He came back about 90 minutes later to win the gold medal in 12:06, but that time didn’t make the record books because there was too strong a tailwind.
«When I saw the record, I said ‘Who did that?'» Amusan said of his reaction to seeing his time appear on the scoreboard.
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Amusan attended college in Texas El-Paso and had been a sparring partner with Nigerian UTEP alum Blessing Okagbare. Okagbare is serving an 11-year suspension for multiple doping violations, stemming from a federal investigation into an El Paso doctor who pleaded guilty to distributing human growth hormone and other prohibited substances.
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Missing three doping controls can result in a two-year ban, although exceptions can be made for different circumstances.
Amusan said she was tested «within days» of her third offense and had faith the matter would be resolved in time for her to compete at next month’s world championships.