Montano rails against 'corrupt' IAAF after missing Rio spot

Tue Jul 5, 2016 1:56am EDT
 
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By Gene Cherry

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - A distraught Alysia Montano called her career "a farce" and branded the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) "a corrupt institution" after crashing out of the U.S. Olympic trials on Monday.

The 800 meters runner, who believes she has been denied at least three global medals by dope cheats, had hoped this would be the year she finally made the Olympic podium.

But with less than 100 meters to go in Monday's final she became entangled with Brenda Martinez and fell to the track, eventually finishing dead last.

That ended any hope of her going to Rio since only the top three finishers in the cut-throat trials advance.

Tears flowed from the 30-year-old defending U.S. champion as she spoke to reporters and the agony only intensified after she was asked why this had been such an emotional year.

"I'm missing three medals in like eight years of my life as a professional runner," said Montano, who believes she lost medals because of cheating rivals at the 2011 and 2013 world championships.

Fifth at the 2012 Olympics, Montano has since seen both winner Mariya Savinova and bronze medalist Ekaterina Poistogova, both Russians, accused of doping by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report.

"My entire professional career has been a farce basically," said the emotional Montano   Continued...

 
Jul 4, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Alysia Montano competes during the women’s 800m final in the 2016 U.S. Olympic track and field team trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports