Uceny's top competitor booted from Olympics for doping

Plymouth native Morgan Uceny's chances to win a gold medal in the 1,500 meter run at the Olympics just increased greatly.

Uceny has been considered among the favorites but hasn't been listed as "the" favorite for the last several weeks because of a remarkable run by Morocco's Mariem Alaoui Selsouli on July 6. Selsouli won the Paris Diamond League race in a time of 3 minutes and 56.15 seconds, the best time by any woman in the world since 2006.

Selsouli's doping test from that race returned positive and the 28-year-old old Moroccan has been suspended and will not be allowed to compete in the Olympic games.

"I'm glad she was caught before the Games," Uceny told Tim Creason. "She was already banned once from doping, and it was not much of a shock that she tested positive again after the way she ran in Paris."

"I'm sure there are other cheaters out there and I just hope the world anti-doping agency continues their efforts to keep our sport clean."

Prelims for the 1,500 are on August 6th with the semifinals on August 8th and the finals on August 10th. All three races will be shown on WNDU-TV.


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