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Authorities Used Old Shopping Receipts To Catch Banned Sprinter Christian Coleman

Max Sherry

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Authorities Used Old Shopping Receipts To Catch Banned Sprinter Christian Coleman

It has been revealed that authorities referred to a number of shopping receipts during their investigations into Christian Coleman's missed drugs tests.

And, well, let's just say they didn't really work in favour of the world's current fastest man.

American sprinter Coleman has been slapped with a two-year ban for multiple doping violations after it was confirmed that he missed three pre-organised tests back in 2019.

Coleman's lengthy ban means he will now miss the Tokyo Olympics next year.

Christian Coleman. Credit: Instagram/@_coleman2
Christian Coleman. Credit: Instagram/@_coleman2

It's understood the 100-metre world champ failed to make himself available to drug testers on three occasions last year.

At the time, Coleman claimed that the person conducting the doping tests arrived early to the allocated 60-minute time slot, meaning the two parties would have missed each other.

The 24-year-old said he was out Christmas shopping and later attended a late-night football game, but insists he was back home between those activities in order to do the tests.

Coleman probably thought his excuse was enough to get him off scot free, but he wasn't ready for what the tribunal was about to produce in court.

Shopping receipts.

And more specifically, shopping receipts that prove Coleman couldn't have possibly been home during that specific time frame.

Credit: Instagram/@_coleman2
Credit: Instagram/@_coleman2

The tribunal said: "Shopping receipts show that the athlete was shopping at least from 7.13pm, also purchased a chipotle at 7.53pm and finally purchased 16 items from a Walmart Super Centre at 8.22pm.

"The athlete's evidence was that he returned home briefly some time between 8 and 8.10pm, ate his chipotle while watching the kick-off and then went out again. We do not accept the athlete's evidence.

"It would have been simply impossible for him to purchase a chipotle at 7:53pm (the store being a five-minute drive from his residence), drive home, park the car, go into his residence, eat the chipotle, then watch the kick-off of the football game which only started at 8:15pm, and thereafter go out again in his car, drive to the store and pick up 16 items at the Walmart Supercentre so as to be able to pay for them by 8:22pm."

It had become clear that Coleman tried to tell a few porky pies to weasel his way out of tests - a bad move in the eye of the sport's governing body.

He was subsequently banned by the Athletics Integrity Unit and Court of Arbitration for Sport and will miss the 100-metre race in Tokyo - an event he was tipped to win a gold medal in.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@_coleman2

Topics: America, olympics, Tokyo Olympics, Athletics, Australia

Max Sherry
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