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Deajah Stevens, Olympic sprinter, suspended for whereabouts failures

Deajah Stevens

US athlete Deajah Stevens reacts after winning a heat of the women’s 200m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

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Deajah Stevens, a Rio Olympic sprinter, and fellow Tokyo Olympic hopeful Gabby Thomas were provisionally suspended for drug-testing whereabouts failures.

Stevens, seventh in the 2016 Olympic 200m, and Thomas, the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships 200m runner-up with Harvard, had their cases referred to disciplinary tribunals.

A suspension for whereabouts failures means any combination of three missed drug tests and/or filing failures in a 12-month period. A filing failure could mean incorrectly filling out forms to tell drug testers where an athlete can be found, or not submitting quarterly forms at all.

Neither Stevens nor Thomas made the 2019 World Championships team.

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