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Sole Russian out of track

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Long jumper Darya Klishina, the only Russian track and field athlete to have survived the country's blanket Olympic ban for doping, was removed from the competition Saturday by the sport's governing body, which cited "new information."

Yannis Nikolaou, a spokesman for the body (IAAF), would not specify what the information was or who delivered it.

Klishina, a former European indoor champion, had been the only one of 68 Russians allowed to compete in the sport at the Games amid allegations of a widespread, state-sponsored doping program. The IAAF had accepted her application because she is based in the United States and had been subject to sufficient drug tests outside Russia.

"I am a clean athlete and have proved that already many times and beyond any doubt," Klishina said in a statement on her Facebook page.

"I am falling victim to those … who use (our sport) for political purposes." She said she was appealing against the decision to sport's highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The court said it expected to rule by Monday, the eve of women's long jump qualifying round.

Green pool drained: Olympic officials gave up on cleaning the green-tinged water in one of the pools at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center. Instead, they began draining it and planned to transfer nearly 1 million gallons of clear water from a nearby practice pool in time for the start of synchronized swimming today. Mario Andrada, a spokesman for Rio organizers, said the "radical measure" was necessary to ensure clear water for judges and competitors during an event that requires swimmers to spend much of their time underwater. He stressed again that the kale-colored water posed no risk to the health of the athletes. An adjacent, smaller pool will continue to be used for the diving competition, though it remained murky.

Sole Russian out of track 08/13/16 [Last modified: Saturday, August 13, 2016 10:22pm]
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