- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 15, 2008

From combined dispatches

INDIANAPOLIS | Javelin thrower Breaux Greer made the U.S. track and field team for the Beijing Olympics, joining Tyson Gay, Allyson Felix and Jeremy Wariner on the 126-member roster.

Greer, an eight-time national champion, didn’t qualify at the recent Olympic trials, finishing 17th and failing to reach the final round.

But USA Track & Field decided to place him on the team announced Monday, citing a rule that allows for “the selection of an injured athlete who competed in the Olympic trials but did not final … as long as another athlete is not displaced from the team.”

Greer hurt his shoulder while winning a bronze medal at last year’s world championships and hadn’t thrown in competition until the Olympic trials.

The roster includes 15 Olympic medalists and 31 outdoor world championship medalists.

The United States topped the track and field medal table at the 2004 Athens Olympics with a total of 25. That was the country’s largest haul since taking home 30 medals from the track at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games.

Britain awaits verdict

LONDON | Just one of Britain’s three 100-meter athletes for Beijing was selected before the outcome of Dwain Chambers’ legal bid to overturn a lifetime doping ban.

Chambers was an emphatic 10-second winner in Saturday’s national trials, but runner-up Simeon Williamson is the only confirmed sprinter ahead of Thursday’s injunction hearing against the British Olympic Association.

The top two Saturday normally would have been assured automatic places, with a third handed out at the BOA’s discretion. Craig Pickering and Tyrone Edgar were the third and fourth-placed finishers.

“We went with athletes that are eligible,” Dave Collins, who heads the Olympic athletics team, said in a conference call with reporters.

Yanez ban upheld

USA Boxing’s judicial committee upheld the organization’s decision to ban Luis Yanez from the Olympic team, leaving the light flyweight with just one more chance to make it to Beijing.

Yanez is expected to appeal his punishment to an independent arbitrator this week, hoping for a decision before his eight teammates leave for China next week.

Yanez was kicked off the roster July 1 for skipping more than three weeks of workouts last month at the team’s residency training program in Colorado Springs. Coach Dan Campbell and USA Boxing CEO Jim Millman said they didn’t hear from Yanez, who left June 4 for his native Duncanville, Texas, until shortly before they sent a formal letter setting a final deadline for his return.

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