Brianna Rollins-McNeal
Brianna Rollins, BG2015.JPG
Rollins at the 2015 Bislett Games
Personal information
Birth nameBrianna Rollins
NationalityAmerican
Born (1991-08-18) August 18, 1991 (age 30)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Spouse(s)
Bryce McNeal
(m. 2017)
Sport
SportAthletics
Event(s)100 metres hurdles
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)60 m hurdles: 7.78  s (2013) 100 m hurdles: 12.26  s (2013)

Brianna Rollins-McNeal (born August 18, 1991) is an American track and field athlete who specializes in the 100 metres hurdles. She won gold at the 2016 Olympics and the 2013 World Championships in the 100 metres hurdles. Her time of 12.26 is tied as the fourth-fastest run in history. Since July 2021, she has been serving a 5 year ban from World Athletics.

Personal life

Rollins was born in Miami, Florida, daughter of Temperance Rollins. She is the eldest of seven siblings and the only female. She is a 2009 graduate of Miami Northwestern Senior High School. Rollins competed for Clemson University and graduated in 2013, majoring in travel and tourism. At Clemson, Rollins was a three-time NCAA champion: winning the 60 metres hurdles in 2011 and 2013 and the 100 metres hurdles in 2013. She turned professional following the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships, where she broke the NCAA record in the 100 m hurdles with a time of 12.39.[1]

In 2017, she married Bryce McNeal in a ceremony in San Diego. The two met at Clemson where Bryce was part of the Tigers football team.[2]

Career

Rollins competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, but did not make the Olympic team, finishing sixth in the 100 metres hurdles with a time of 12.94. The following month, at the 2012 NACAC Under-23 Championships, Rollins won gold in the 100 metres hurdles with a time of 12.60 (+4.5).

At the 2013 USA Track and Field Championships, Rollins won the 100 metres hurdles in an American record time of 12.26, bettering Gail Devers's previous record of 12.33 set in 2000.[3] At the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Rollins won the 100 metres hurdles with a time of 12.44, beating Olympic and reigning world champion Sally Pearson (12.50). In the final, Rollins had the slowest reaction time in the field (0.263), but was able to run down the field and win gold.[4] For her performances in 2013, she was presented the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athlete of the Year Award.

At the 2014 IAAF Diamond League, which consists of fourteen meetings from May to September, Rollins won one 100 metres hurdles race in Rome with a time of 12.53. At the 2014 USA Track and Field Championships, Rollins placed 5th in the 100 metres hurdles with a time of 12.81.[5]

At the 2016 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Rollins won the 60 metres hurdles in 7.76 seconds. She finished second at 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in 60 m hurdles.

Brianna Rollins won in the 100 hurdles in a time of 12.34 at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials (track and field) ahead of Team USA teammates Kristi Castlin and Nia Ali to qualify to represent United States at Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.[6] Not only did she win a gold medal, but her teammates placed second and third, making it the first time in history that one country gained all medals in this discipline at the Olympic Games, and the first time American women achieved such a sweep in any Olympic event.[7]

She was banned for a year by the World Anti-Doping Agency after missing three drugs tests in 2016 - two of them after she forgot to update her whereabouts details when she was attending a fete of honor in her hometown and travelling to the White House to meet the president. Rollins was punished under the World Anti-Doping Agency Code for failing to properly file whereabouts information on three occasions in a 12-month period. The start of Rollins’ 12-month period of ineligibility was backdated to 19 December 2016, the day on which WADA formally notified her of her potential rule violation. As a result, Rollins' competitive results obtained on and subsequent to 27 September 2016, the date of her third whereabouts failure, have been disqualified and any medals, points, and prizes are forfeited. She also wasn't able to compete in the 2017 World Championships in Women's 100 metres hurdles.[8]

McNeal finished third at the 2019 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in the 100 metres hurdles in a season's best time of 12.61, qualifying for the 2019 World Athletics Championships.[9] She was disqualified from the 100m hurdles after a false start in qualification during the Doha World Championships.[10]

In January 2021, McNeal was suspended from competition by the Athletics Integrity Unit following a missed drug test in January 2020.[11] She denied the allegations and claimed that she was innocent and clean.[12] The Athletics Integrity Unit's Disciplinary Tribunal declared that she intentionally altered 3 medical notes without verifying the details with the clinic or anyone else "as a reasonable person would have done". In a striking admission, McNeal confessed to not having written the date down at all because it was firmly fixed in her mind.[13][14] The Tribunal dismissed her defense.[15]

In June 2021, she was banned for five years for "tampering with the anti-doping testing process" which would effectively make her ineligible to participate in both 2020 Summer Olympics and in the 2024 Summer Olympics.[13][16] Her official ban is set to be completed in August 2025.[17] McNeal was made eligible to take part in US national trials for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics while she fought the suspension in the courts. However, as the disqualification was confirmed, the fourth place Gabbi Cunningham replaced McNeal.[13] On 2 July 2021, the ban was upheld by CAS.[18] Following the upholding of the ban, McNeal commented on social media that the presence of "white European men" on the Panel may have led to a different consideration than if she was a "white woman, or a European".[19][13]

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  United States
2012 NACAC U23 Championships Irapuato, Mexico 1st 100 m hurdles 12.60
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 1st 100 m hurdles 12.44
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 4th 100 m hurdles 12.67
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, Oregon, United States 2nd 60 m hurdles 7.82
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st 100 m hurdles 12.48
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 100 m hurdles DQ

References

  1. ^ Kirby Lee, "Rollins Runs World-Leading 12.39 at NCAA Championships," IAAF (June 9, 2013). Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  2. ^ Sully, Kevin (April 27, 2018). "Former Olympic Champion Brianna McNeal Won't Let Suspension Define Her". FloTrack. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  3. ^ Andrew Logue, "Lolo loses, leaves as foe sets USA hurdles record," USA Today (June 22, 2013). Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  4. ^ "14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics – 100 Metres Hurdles Women - Final" (PDF). Seiko. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  5. ^ Karen Rosen, "Harper-Nelson Leans In To 100-Meter Hurdles Title," TeamUSA. (June 29, 2014). Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  6. ^ "2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field Men's steeplechase". USA Track & Field. July 8, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  7. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: US women sweep medals in 100m hurdles". BBC News. August 18, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  8. ^ Ingle, Sean (April 20, 2017). "Olympic gold medallist Brianna Rollins handed year ban for missing drug tests". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077.
  9. ^ Penny, Brandon. "Confident Keni Harrison Overcomes All 3 Olympic Medalists For Third Straight 100-meter Hurdles Title". Team USA. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  10. ^ "Olympic champion McNeal suspended". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2021-01-15.
  11. ^ "Brianna Rollins-McNeal provisionally suspended for doping violation". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2021-01-14.
  12. ^ "McNeal protests 'tampering' innocence". BBC Sport. 2021-02-06. Retrieved 2021-06-09.
  13. ^ a b c d Macur, Juliet (2 July 2021). "An Abortion, a Missed Drug Test and Altered Records Add up to Trouble". The New York Times.
  14. ^ "World Athletics v Brianna McNeal Final Decision" (PDF). Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  15. ^ "WA vs McNeal" (PDF). Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  16. ^ "U.S. hurdler Rollins-McNeal banned for 5 years". ESPN.com. 2021-06-04. Retrieved 2021-06-09.
  17. ^ "Olympic hurdles champion McNeal banned". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  18. ^ "CAS upholds McNeal's five-year ban, hurdles champ to miss Tokyo Olympics". Reuters. 2 July 2021.
  19. ^ Schad, Tom. "Five-year ban against Brianna McNeal upheld by Court of Arbitration for Sport". USA TODAY. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
Awards Preceded byKimberlyn Duncan The Bowerman (women's winner) 2013 Succeeded byLaura Roesler