Richards-Ross questions US team selection rule

June 29, 2011 - 10:14 AM
Switzerland Athletissima

US' 400 meters runner Sanya Richards-Ross speaks during a press conference on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in Lausanne, one day before the Athletissima meeting. (AP Photo/Keystone, Samuel Truempy) GERMANY OUT - AUSTRIA OUT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross says she disagrees with team selection rules that will keep Tyson Gay out of a 100-meter duel with world record holder Usain Bolt at the world championships.

Richards-Ross says she's disappointed Gay misses out because only the top three finishers in each event at the U.S. trials will advance to the world championships.

The 400-meter world champion says "it should be first two (qualify), and the third should be a coaches' selection based on fitness and race sharpness."

Gay's hip injury forced him out of trials last week at Eugene, Ore. The rule cost Richards-Ross a place at the 2007 worlds after she fell ill at the trials.

Gay is ineligible for individual events at the world championships, which begin Aug. 27 in Daegu, South Korea.