Richards-Ross questions US team selection rule
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.