PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) Banned sprinter Justin Gatlin got support but no relief Tuesday from a federal judge who rescinded his order allowing the defending 100-meter champion to compete in this weekend's Olympic track and field trials.
Judge Lacey Collier said that while he believed Gatlin "is being wronged," he lacked jurisdiction over the U.S. Olympic Committee to determine who is eligible for the trials.
The former world 100- and 200-meter champion's next recourse will be with an appellate court in Atlanta. Gatlin's attorney, Joe Zarzaur, told The Associated Press that he will file an appeal Wednesday 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.
"Justin's been through the wringer," Zarzaur said. "He's had so many ups and downs. ... Of course he's disappointed, but it's not over yet."
Zarzaur said the appeal will focus on the jurisdiction aspect of the case, something he felt he lacked in Pensacola on Monday.