Alfred-Sullivan said, “We all know that Christian Coleman does things the right way – how he trains, how he treats others.”
As is commonly the case, Coleman’s test rose again when he began competing internationally at the senior level. The rules require athletes at the beginning of each quarter, with antidoping officials to determine where they plan to live each day for the next three months. Athletes can update their files as their plans change, but they must specify an hour each day when they are in a certain place, sometimes between 5 am and 11 am local time.
If a doping control officer shows up to take a urine or blood sample during that hour and the athlete is not there, it counts as a missed test. Authorities must make a “reasonable effort” to locate the athlete during that time, although a phone call is not mandatory. If the officer shows up at another time, but finds that the athlete is not in the field, the athlete is cited for a filing failure, which is similar to a missed test. Assume three missed trials or filing failures within 12 months and the rule calls for a suspension of up to two years.
Coleman initially had a filing failure in June 2018, and then missed a test in January of 2019.
Then, just after noon on April 26, 2019, Kyolman, a doping control officer named Coleman, was in Iowa outside the athlete’s home in Lexington, watching a top collegiate Drake relay. The filing of his whereabouts stated that he was going to stay at home that day.
Coleman asked if there was someone at the track meet who could collect a sample from him. The officer told him that was not allowed.
It seemed that this could be his third violation within 12 months, but the initial filing failure in June 2018 was withdrawn on April 1, giving Coleman another chance.
After winning gold at the World Championships, doping officials warned Coleman that he was likely to face even more testing. Her mother said she sometimes made sure to remind him that she was keeping her whereabouts up-to-date.