Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

800-Meter Champ Won't Race in Atlanta

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

800-Meter Champ Won't Race in Atlanta

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This time, it's final. World 800-meter champion Wilson Kipketer definitely will not run in the Atlanta Olympics.

Kipketer turned down a last-minute offer Saturday from the International Olympic Committee to compete for his native Kenya, a country he no longer represents.

"He wants to compete for Denmark," IOC sports director Gilbert Felli said. "He sees himself as Danish. Unfortunately, the Danish do not see him as Danish."

Kipketer has lived in Denmark since 1990 and won the 800 meters at last year's world championships as a member of the Danish team. However, he is not due to receive Danish citizenship until next year, and that means he is ineligible to run in the Olympics for Denmark.

"We've given him his chance," IOC director general Francois Carrard said. "We've done our best. We worked out a solution. He said, `No.' That's his call. That's his choice."

The Kenyan national Olympic committee has insisted all along that Kipketer could only compete for Kenya in Atlanta.

U.S. Shooters Will March: The entire U.S. shooting team will be able to march as a unit in the opening ceremony at the Olympics after settling a dispute with international officials over the status of six alternates.

U.S. Olympic Committee officials said Saturday the athletes would be accredited, outfitted and included in the line of march when the Atlanta Games open Friday.

But Dick Schultz, USOC executive director, said the six would be housed outside the Olympic Village because of tight space, as international off icials had requested.

"They will be accredited as alternates, they will get set out in uniforms and they will march in the ceremonies," Schultz said. "But they will only compete if one of the others can't."

The status of alternates Greg Derr, Bob Foth, Terry Anderson, Jayne Dickman, Ken Johnson and John Oppio was put in doubt this week when the UIT, the international shooting federation, put a hold on their credentials.

While Derr said he was told the UIT acted because it wanted non-qualified shooters from other nations to march in the parade, Schultz said it was caused by a clash of U. …

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