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Abdullah is first black rower to qualify

Updated: June 30, 2004, 9:46 PM ET
Associated Press

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Aquil Hashim Abdullah became the first black male rower to qualify for the U.S. Olympic squad Wednesday, teaming with U.S. Navy officer Henry Gantt Nuzum to win double skulls at the Qualified Olympic Small Boat Trials.

Their victory in 6 minutes, 23.59 seconds highlighted a morning in which all four races produced Olympic qualifiers, completing the small boat roster for the U.S. team.

Artour Samsonov and Luke Walton won the men's pair in 6:37.15. Kate MacKenzie ...

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