Crawford slapped with two-year drug ban

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Coach says Olympic sprinter is retired

By The Staff

Former Indian Land High School track star Shawn Crawford, who captured gold in the 200m at the 2004 Athens Olympics, has been suspended for two years for not providing his whereabouts for out-of-competition drug testing.
Crawford, according to reports, didn’t tell officials of his whereabouts for out-of-competition drugs tests three times in an 18-month period.
The Van Wyck native was suspended from competition and stripped of all results dating back to Nov. 17, 2012.
Crawford’s ban began Wednesday, April 17.
But, according to reports, Crawford’s coach, Bobby Kersee, said Crawford retired from competition following the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer, and U.S. Track and Field said he filed retirement papers earlier this year.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Crawford, 35, had three “whereabouts failures” in 18 months, USADA said Thursday. “Whereabouts failures” include failing to provide regular information about how to be found for tests “and/or failure to be available for testing due to inaccurate or incomplete information,” USADA said.
At the 2004 Athens Games, Crawford paced the first medal sweep for the U.S. men in the 200m in 20 years. He won silver in the 200m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
In the 2004 Athens Games, Crawford beat U.S. teammates Bernard Williams and Justin Gatlin for the gold. Four years later in Beijing, he captured the silver in the 200m and the 4x100m relay.
Crawford later gave his 200m silver medal to Churandy Martina of the Netherlands Antilles, who originally finished second behind Usain Bolt, but was disqualified for running outside his lane.
Crawford, in his fourth Olympic Trial last summer, failed to qualify to compete at the 2012 London Games after placing seventh in the U.S. Trials in Eugene, Ore.
Crawford, a 2010 Clemson University Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, was an 11-time All-American, the most in Clemson track history.
In his senior year at Indian Land High School, Crawford captured the 200-meter and 100-meter state championships at the Class A state meet.
He now lives in California with his wife, runner Virginia Powell Crawford.