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Report on Coleman's missed doping tests an eye-opener for athletes

Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson says American star Christian Coleman's case of missed doping tests can teach athletes to be more responsible. Thompson, the women's 2016 Olympic gold medallist over 100 and 200 metres, says reports this week of Coleman missing three drug tests within 12 months "has opened a lot of us athletes' eyes."

2016 Olympic gold medallist Elaine Thompson: 'It is a learning lesson for us to be more responsible.'

Christian Coleman of the United States crosses the line to win the Men's 100m during the Prefontaine Classic on June 30, 2019 in Stanford, California. (Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson says American star Christian Coleman's case of missed doping tests can teach athletes to be more responsible.

Thompson, the women's 2016 Olympic gold medallist over 100 and 200 metres, says reports this week of Coleman missing three drug tests within 12 months "has opened a lot of us athletes' eyes."

Athletes must notify anti-doping authorities of their whereabouts for testing without notice each day.

Coleman, the world's fastest man this year, risks being banned from the world championships starting next month in Qatar and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Speaking in Paris ahead of a Diamond League meeting, Jamaica's Thompson says: "I think it is a learning lesson for us to be more responsible."

Noah Lyles, whose 200-metre rivalry with Coleman has been a track highlight this season, says the reports left him "shocked. You never expect to hear that from anybody, really."

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