posted on Jul, 11 2004 @ 08:26 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Tim Montgomery, the world's fastest man, failed to qualify for the Athens Games in the 100 meters Sunday night, saving the U.S.
Olympic Committee from having to kick him off the team if he is found guilty of using steroids.
Montgomery finished seventh in a final won by reigning Olympic champion Maurice Greene in 9.91 seconds. Justin Gatlin was second in 9.92 and Shawn
Crawford took the third Olympic spot in 9.93. Montgomery's time was 10.13.
With Montgomery out of the Olympics, the USOC avoids the possible embarrassment of having to remove him from the U.S. squad before the games if an
international panel of arbitrators finds he used performance-enhancing drugs.
The world record holder in the 100 has been charged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. His case now is before the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for
Sport. No date has yet been set for a hearing.
After finishing far behind Greene, Montgomery stared at the giant scoreboard in what appeared to be disbelief. He kept looking at the scoreboard even
as he walked off the track.