Erriyon Knighton maintains innocence after provisional suspension was lifted

Erriyon Knighton maintains innocence after provisional suspension was lifted

Abigael Wafula 10:45 - 30.06.2024

Youngster Erriyon Knighton has maintained his innocence after his provisional suspension was lifted, explaining that he has always been a clean athlete.

Former world 200m bronze medallist Erriyon Knighton has opened up about his positive test for a metabolite of trenbolone during an out-of-competition drug test.

The youngster was then provisionally suspended on April 12, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) but an independent arbitrator concluded that the substance likely entered his system through contaminated meat.

That meant that his provisional suspension was immediately lifted and he was cleared to compete at the US Olympic trials.

Speaking about the same, Knighton explained that he knew he was not at fault and knew his time to go back and compete would come.

“In my heart, I knew I never did anything wrong and I have always been a good athlete. I’m a clean athlete and I knew I was going to be able to run. Really nothing in particular…I know I never did anything wrong,” he said.

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The world 200m silver medallist added that bouncing back to make the cut to the Olympic team is a blessing.

He explained that he had been training hard and was just waiting for the opportunity to present itself. Knighton finished third in 19.77 as Kenny Bednarek finished second in 19.59.

“This is my first race coming back and it’s a kind of relief that I made the team and I’m grateful to step on the track when representing USA,” he said.

“I’ve been training the whole year so everything pretty much was going smooth and I was just waiting for my time to run but other than that I’m very blessed and grateful to be on the track again.

“I did good for my first race back and it goes to show what kind of an athlete I am when I step on the track at any given time or any given shape that I’m in, I’ll always compete at the highest level.”