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Under suspicion, Harrison placed in pool

7/19/2004

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- World 200-meter champion John Capel
was one of 12 sprinters placed in the relay pool for the Athens
Olympics by USA Track & Field early Monday.

Capel, who failed to qualify for the U.S. team in the 100 or 200
at the Olympic trials, was one of three named to the men's
400-meter relay pool.

Calvin Harrison was named to the 1,600-meter relay pool, even
though he faces a doping offense that could lead to a two-year ban
from the sport.

Harrison tested positive for the stimulant modafinil, but is
contesting the results. If the offense is upheld in arbitration,
Harrison would be suspended for two years because it is his second
minor doping violation.

Also in the men's 400-meter relay pool were Coby Miller and
Darvis Patton. Angela Williams, Consuella Moore and LaShauntae
Moore were placed in the women's 400-meter relay pool.

Joining Harrison in the men's 1,600-meter relay pool were Darold
Williamson and Andrew Rock. Crystal Cox, Monique Henderson and
Montshauri Robinson were in the women's 1,600-meter relay pool.

The top three finishers in the 100 meters at the trials, which
ended on Sunday, automatically are in the 400-meter relay pool. The
top three in the 400 are in the 1,600-meter relay pool.

All others on the U.S. Olympic track and field team are eligible
to run in the relays, including Maurice Green, Marion Jones and
Gail Devers.

USA Track & Field submitted its roster for the Olympics to the
U.S. Olympic Committee early Monday. The USOC will submit rosters
in all sports to the International Olympic Committee.

The IOC has said that because of the special circumstances
surrounding doping accusations in the United States, the USOC may
be able to substitute names at a later date if someone on the
Olympic roster is suspended before the Athens Games begin.

The only other athlete on the roster facing a doping accusation
is Torri Edwards. She qualified for the 100 and 200 meters. Edwards
has acknowledged testing positive for a banned stimulant at a meet
in Martinique early this season.

She said she ingested glucose at the meet because she wasn't
feeling well and was unaware the substance contained the stimulant
as an additive. Because this was inadvertent, she said, she wants a
warning rather than a two-year ban from the sport.

A U.S. arbitration panel was to hear Edwards' case Monday.