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Olympic hurdles gold medalist Brianna Rollins suspended for whereabouts mix-up

Olympic gold medalist hurdler Brianna Rollins received a one-year suspension for repeated failures to disclose her whereabouts to anti-doping officials.

The American says the ban was caused by a mix-up in a computer program. Her suspension is retroactive to Sept. 27, 2016—the date of her last missed whereabouts report. However, her gold medal in the 100m hurdles at last year’s Rio Olympics will not be stripped.

With the one year suspension, she will miss the 2017 outdoor season, including the chance to compete at the world championships this year.

“I accept full responsibility for the mistakes that have led to my suspension, and am disappointed that I will have to miss this coming outdoor season, as a result of my confusion over how the whereabouts program worked,” Rollins said in a statement.

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All U.S. Olympic athletes are required to submit their locations so they can be tested anywhere without advance notice. Rollins underwent 16 tests overall, eight of which were “out-of-competition,” according to her attorneys, and never tested positive.

In a news release, her attorneys said that she missed three tests, and that the computer program listed her location on certain dates as both her home and a track meet where she was competing.

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