Coach says Collins injured hamstring

Updated: July 12, 2004, 2:25 PM ET
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Michelle Collins, one of the six athletes entered in the U.S. Olympic track and field trials despite doping allegations, has withdrawn because of a hamstring injury, her coach said.

George Williams, also the coach of the men's U.S. Olympic team, said Collins called him from Texas on Sunday to say she had been injured on the warmup track in Sacramento and had returned home.

"She came in here and was warming up and said something happened to the back of her leg," Williams said. "She asked me, and I said, 'If you're hurt, I wouldn't run.' "

Collins is one of four accused by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of doping violations even though they have not tested positive. The allegations stem from evidence gathered in the criminal investigation into the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative. The USADA is seeking lifetime bans on all four.

Collins' departure leaves only one of the four athletes remaining in the trials.

Alvin Harrison advanced to the semifinals of the men's 400 on Sunday. The other two, 100 world record-holder Tim Montgomery and sprinter Chryste Gaines, are out of the competition. Montgomery was seventh in Sunday's final and Gaines didn't make it to the final in the women's 100.

Collins was a favorite in the women's 400, which begins with qualifying rounds Monday night. She had the fastest time of all competitors at 50.02 seconds. Only four three runners in the world have run faster this year.

Two others entered in the trials are contesting positive drug tests.

Calvin Harrison, Alvin's twin who faces a two-year ban for a second minor doping violation, also made it to the 400 semifinals. Regina Jacobs, who faces a suspension after testing positive for the designer steroid THG at last year's U.S. championships, is entered in the women's 1,500.

All six are contesting the allegations in arbitration hearings.

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