Sebastian Coe, a two-time Olympic 1,500-meter champion, was left off the British team named Monday for next month's Olympic Games.
Coe also was omitted from the 800 meters, for which he holds the world record, when the selectors named the team for Seoul.At last weekend's Olympic trials, the 31-year-old Coe failed to reach the final of the 1,500 meters and his appearance in Seoul hinged on the remote chance of a wild-card entry in either the 1,500 or the 800 meters.
The first two finishers in each event automatically qualified for the Olympics, while the selectors who met on Monday could pick the third competitor.
A list of names handed to reporters after that meeting showed that Steve Cram, Steve Crabb and Peter Elliott had been selected for the 1,500 meters, with Cram, Elliott and Tom McKean picked for the shorter distance.
Coe did not enter the 800 meters in the trials, and Elliott said: "I don't have any sympathy for Seb. He has known all season what was required and did not produce the goods on the day."
Elliott dismissed suggestions that he should run against Coe, either in Gateshead, England, next Sunday or in Zurich, Switzerland, the following week, to decide the last spot.
"I don't see why I should run another trial. These were the trials. I don't mind running against him any time, anywhere, but not if it is being regarded as another trial. If that's how the selectors look at it, I won't run," Elliott said.