Perham's Gabriele Anderson reinstated for Olympic Trials finals race
It appears Gabriele Anderson of Perham, Minn., has been reinstated to run in Sunday's women's 1,500 meter finals at the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials.
Earlier in the day, Anderson learned that she had been disqualified from the finals after a bumping incident in Friday's semifinal. With the reinstatement, Anderson still has hopes of advancing to this months Summer Olympics in London.
On her Twitter account today, Anderson wrote: "Thank God I'm back in the final. Gabe has been reinstated."
Anderson had appealed the disqualification to USA Track and Field. Reports about contact Anderson made with Amy Mortimer in the last lap of her semifinal race here were the center of the controversy.
"Those races get ugly because everyone's bunched up. You'd rather get a clean run," Anderson was quoted as saying after the semifinal heat in which she finished second with a time of 4 minutes, 10.08 seconds - ranking seventh overall.
Anderson, a 2004 Perham High School graduate, ran collegiately at the University of Minnesota.