Sunday 15 September, 2019

Elaine Thompson says Coleman's missed tests are an eye-opener

In this June 30, 2019, file photo, United States' Christian Coleman wins the men's 100-metre race at the Prefontaine Classic IAAF Diamond League athletics meet in Stanford, Calif.

In this June 30, 2019, file photo, United States' Christian Coleman wins the men's 100-metre race at the Prefontaine Classic IAAF Diamond League athletics meet in Stanford, Calif.

Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson says American star Christian Coleman's case of missed doping tests can teach athletes to be more responsible.

Thompson, the women's 2016 Olympic gold medalist over 100 and 200 metres, says reports this week of Coleman missing three drug tests within 12 months "has opened a lot of us athletes' eyes."

Athletes must notify anti-doping authorities of their whereabouts for testing without notice each day.

Coleman, the world's fastest man this year, risks being banned from the world championships starting next month in Qatar and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Speaking in Paris ahead of a Diamond League meeting, Jamaica's Thompson says: "I think it is a learning lesson for us to be more responsible."

Noah Lyles, whose 200-metre rivalry with Coleman has been a track highlight this season, says the reports left him "shocked. You never expect to hear that from anybody, really."

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