Gatlin ruled out of Olympic trials

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Banned sprinter Justin Gatlin got support but no relief yesterday from a federal judge who rescinded his order allowing the defending 100-meter champion to compete in the Olympic trials.

Judge Lacey Collier said that while he believed Gatlin "is being wronged," he lacked jurisdiction over the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Gatlin's next recourse will be with an appellate court in Atlanta. His attorney, Joe Zarzaur, said that he would file an appeal this morning along with a motion asking the 11th Circuit court to reinstate the injunction during the appeals process, which would allow Gatlin to run in the trials. *