- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 9, 2008

BEIJING - Capitol Heights boxer Gary Russell Jr. is out of the Olympics.

Russell, a two-time national champion who was expected to contend for a medal, was found unconscious and severely dehydrated early Friday by his roommate Luis Yanez.

Russell was trying to get down to 119 pounds before Friday’s weigh-in. Although he wasn´t hospitalized after medical personnel rehydrated him, Russell missed the weigh-in, which is required for all competitors.

A bantamweight, Russell was going to be making his first Olympic appearance.

“We became alarmed a couple of days ago when we saw he wasn’t sweating like he should,” U.S. coach Dan Campbell said after Friday’s draw. “When these kids try to make weight, sometimes they cut corners. What we believe is he did not increase his fluid intake after we told him to.”

Russell was trying to compete at 119 pounds for the first time since last fall. He has weighed 125 pounds or more in every event since but decided with Campbell to try to drop down a weight class.

A USA Boxing spokesperson said Russell would not be made available for an interview today.



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