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Banned Iowa runner allowed to race at US trials pending appeals

FILE - In this Sunday, July 28, 2019, file photo, Shelby Houlihan crosses the finish line as...
FILE - In this Sunday, July 28, 2019, file photo, Shelby Houlihan crosses the finish line as she wins the women's 5,000-meter run at the U.S. Championships athletics meet, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)(Associated Press)
Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 1:40 PM CDT
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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Banned runner Shelby Houlihan is in the lineup and will be allowed to run at U.S. Olympic track trials while any appeals she files are pending.

The American record holder at 1,500 and 5,000 meters, Houlihan is on the start list for Friday’s preliminaries at both distances. Though those list were initially produced before word of her four-year doping ban went public, USA Track and Field said there were no plans to take her off.

Earlier this week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld Houlihan’s four-year ban after she tested positive for trace amounts of the performance enhancer nandrolone. She blamed a positive test on a pork burrito she ate 10 hours before a test in December.

Houlihan is a native of Sioux City, Iowa.

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