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Williams will be eligible to compete in Athens

8/9/2004

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- U.S. Olympic sprinter Bernard
Williams was formally warned Monday by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency
for testing positive for marijuana at a meet in Spain two months
ago.

The drug is considered a minor offense under International
Association of Athletics Federations rules. A second minor offense
would result in a two-year suspension from the sport.

Williams was disqualified from his second-place finish in the
200 at the meet June 5 in Seville, but he remains qualified for
Olympic competition.

Williams, who won a gold medal for running in a preliminary
round in the 400-meter relay at the Sydney Olympics, was third in
the 200 at last month's U.S. Olympic trials, finishing behind Shawn
Crawford and Justin Gatlin.

He was the U.S. champion at 100 meters last year and ran on the
gold medal 400-meter relay team at the 2003 worlds in Paris.
Williams was part of a 1-2-3 U.S. sweep in the 100 at the 2001
worlds in Edmonton, finishing behind Maurice Greene and Tim
Montgomery.