Sha’Carri Richardson is no longer going to compete in the summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
She was banned for one month by WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, following a positive marijuana test during the Olympic Trials in Eugene Oregon where pot is legal.
Richardson told NBC’s Today show that she smoked pot after a reporter told her that her biological mother had just died before the Trials.
Despite the misstep, fans had held out hope she would be able to participate in the 4×100 relay which is run at the end of the track and field events, but team USA left her off the roster.
Richardson ran the 100 meters in 10.86 seconds, one of her five runs under 11 seconds this season, sparking hopes that the U.S. might win its first gold medal in the women’s race since Gail Devers in 1996.
If the winner of the women’s 100 meters race in Tokyo does not beat Richardson’s time, will there be comparisons rendering the gold metal moot?