Grunewald reinstated as U.S. champion, worlds team

Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:08pm EST
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(Reuters) - Gabriele Grunewald has been reinstated as the U.S. indoor women's 3,000 meters champion and named to the American team for next month's IAAF World Indoor Championships, USA Track and Field said on Monday.

The decision came after fellow runner Jordan Hasay, who would have replaced Grunewald on the team, withdrew her protest of the original results.

"I've got nothing but love for @JordanHasay," Grunewald said on her Twitter account. "She is a shining light of sportsmanship and integrity in track and field."

Grunewald, a cancer survivor, had easily won the race on Saturday at Albuquerque, New Mexico, but after a series of protests and appeals had been disqualified for impeding Hasay late in the race.

The controversial decision produced a storm of protest on social media and led to a number of contestants in the women's 1,500 meters on Sunday locking arms after the race and walking down the track in support of Grunewald.

"Thrilled to see news of my reinstatement," Grunewald said. "I hope this unfortunate situation can be avoided in the future."

She added in a statement to Reuters: "This was never an issue between myself and Jordan, it was more an issue with the process and the steps that were taken to get to where we did.

"For the first time I get to represent the United States at a major championship and I couldn't be more excited."

She will be joined by runner-up Shannon Rowbury in the 3,000 meters at the March 7-9 world championships in Sopot, Poland.   Continued...