Young British sprinter cuts ties to Graham

Updated: August 4, 2006, 2:46 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- A promising British sprinter has severed ties with Justin Gatlin's coach, Trevor Graham, following the American runner's positive doping test.

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, a 17-year-old world youth champion at 100 and 200 meters, and his coach spent 10 days with Gatlin and Graham earlier this year in Raleigh, North Carolina.

On Thursday, the U.S. Olympic Committee banned Graham from its training centers and training sites because a number of athletes he has coached have been convicted of doping offenses.

"We couldn't justify continuing the relationship. It's not an environment we want our athlete to be a part of," Aikines-Aryeetey's coach, Matt Favier, told The Times of London.

Favier said Graham wanted Aikines-Aryeetey to join the Sprint Capitol group, which also includes Olympic 200 champion Shawn Crawford.

"Until the investigations are over, there are too many reasons why we shouldn't continue the relationship," Favier said.

Gatlin, the Olympic and world champion and co-holder of the 100-meter world record, faces a lifetime ban after testing positive for testosterone or other steroids in April following a meet in Kansas.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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