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Tuesday, August 15, 2000

Hawaii's Olympians  The Road to Sydney

Associated Press
Gary Hall Jr. gets psyched up for the men's
50-meter freestyle semifinals.

Muhammad fails
to make team

By Pat Bigold

Former Stanford All-American Sabir Muhammad, who had a chance to become the first African-American member of the U.S. Olympic swim team, failed to qualify at the trials in Indianapolis.

Muhammad, a Hawaii resident since late last year, finished last in the 100-meter freestyle final Sunday night. Yesterday he failed to make it through the semifinals of the 50-meter freestyle, his best event.

Christian Hasbach beat out Muhammad for eighth place, finishing in 22.71 seconds to Muhammad's 22.75.

Gary Hall was first in the semifinal in 21.91.

Muhammad finished 15th in the morning preliminary in 23.22 while Hall topped the field in 21.92.

Anthony Ervin of Valencia, Calif., is now being recognized as the first African-American to make the team.

He finished fifth in the 100-meter freestyle and will likely swim the 400-meter relay.

Former UCLA All-American and Mililani resident Keiko Price continued her quest this morning to become the first Hawaii swimmer to make the Olympic team since 1976.

Price, who did not qualify in the semifinals of the 100-meter freestyle Sunday, took on the 50-meter freestyle today in a field led by Amy Van Dyken and Dara Torres.

Sydney 2000 Olympics

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