Sprinter Crawford banned for test rules violation
Shawn Crawford competes in the men's 200 meter dash preliminaries on day eight of the US Olympic track & field team trials on June 29, 2012, in Eugene, Oregon. Crawford, the 2004 Olympic 200m gold medallist, has been banned for two years for failing to give anti-doping officials his whereabouts for testing, the US Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday.
The 35-year-old Californian was part of the USADA National Testing Pool from 2001 through the beginning of 2013, and was required to provide his whereabouts for out-of-competition testing, but failed to do so three times in an 18-month span, USADA said.
"Crawford failed to comply with the whereabouts requirements and, as a result, accrued three Whereabouts Failures within an 18-month period," USADA said in a statement, adding that three failures in an 18-month period constitutes a doping rule violation.
Crawford's two-year ban began on Wednesday, the date he received the sanction, USADA said.
However, he will be stripped of any results achieved from November 17, 2012, the date of his third "whereabouts failure".
A whereabouts failure for athletes in the testing pool includes failure to provide quarterly whereabouts filings and/or failure to be available for testing due to inaccurate or incomplete information provided by the athlete.
Crawford, known for such colorful escapades as racing a giraffe in 2003, had a dream season in 2004, the year he led a US sweep of the men's 200m medals at the Athens Olympics.
He crossed the finish line a distant fourth in the 200m final at the 2008 Games, but was promoted to the silver medal after compatriot Wallace Spearmon and Churandy Martina of Netherlands Antilles were disqualified for running out of their lanes.
Crawford, however, gave his silver to Martina -- who would have been the first Olympic medallist from his country.