Federal court denies Gatlin's bid to run in track trials

A federal court in Atlanta has denied sprinter Justin Gatlin's appeal to run in the U.S. Olympic track trials this weekend.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said yesterday that Gatlin has not shown he meets the "applicable standard for such an injunction."

Earlier this month, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a 4-year ban against Gatlin for doping violations, but the defending Olympic champion in the 100 meters went to federal court seeking to run in trials starting tomorrow.

He said he had been discriminated against under the Americans with Disabilities Act because his first doping violation was for taking prescribed medication to treat attention deficit disorder.

The U.S. Olympic Committee and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency argued that federal courts did not have jurisdiction in the case, an argument U.S. District Judge Lacey Collier agreed with Tuesday when he withdrew the temporary restraining order he had originally granted the week before.

Gatlin sought an emergency injunction from the appeals court, but was denied.

Messages left by the Associated Press with his attorney, Joe Zarzaur, weren't immediately returned.

Noteworthy

* The deadline for South African double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius to qualify for the Olympics has been extended.

Pistorius' manager, Peet van Zyl, said the South African athletics federation moved its deadline from July 11 to July 17, giving the runner time to compete in four European races as he tries to meet the 400-meter qualifying time of 45.55 seconds.

Pistorius won a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport in May saying he could compete in able-bodied events after the IAAF said his carbon fiber prosthetics gave him an unfair advantage.

* Viktor Kuzkin, a three-time Olympic hockey champion with the Soviet Union, died after a diving accident at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, in Russia, earlier this week, the International Ice Hockey Federation said. He was 67. *