30 Jun '12, 7pm

Big Ups to Minnesotans (native and invasive) who helped my report the @gabrieleAnde story: @joey_camp, @ACarlson701

At 6:29 P.M. on Friday, June 29, Gabriele Anderson was having a very good day. She'd advanced through a physical semifinal heat of the women's 1,500-meters, taking second to 2008 U.S. Olympic trials defending champ Shannon Rowbury in 4 minutes, 10.08 seconds. After previously beating cancer--twice--all that stood between Anderson and an Olympic spot was beating nine other finalists on Sunday. Then coach Dennis Barker's phone rang. Jill Geer, USA Track & Field spokesperson, explains the call: "After Friday's semifinal round an athlete filed a protest, at which point officials reviewed the race. After review, Anderson was notified at 6:30 P.M. that she had been disqualified." Geer cited the offense--"jostling"--taking place within the last 300 meters of the race, adding that the individual who made the appeal was not relevant. Anderson was unavailable for comment at the time...

Full article: http://www.runblogrun.com/2012/06/gabriele-anderson-disqu...

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