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Monday, August 9, 2004
Williams will be eligible to compete in Athens

Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- U.S. Olympic sprinter Bernard Williams was formally warned Monday by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for testing positive for marijuana at a meet in Spain two months ago.

The drug is considered a minor offense under International Association of Athletics Federations rules. A second minor offense would result in a two-year suspension from the sport.

Williams was disqualified from his second-place finish in the 200 at the meet June 5 in Seville, but he remains qualified for Olympic competition.

Williams, who won a gold medal for running in a preliminary round in the 400-meter relay at the Sydney Olympics, was third in the 200 at last month's U.S. Olympic trials, finishing behind Shawn Crawford and Justin Gatlin.

He was the U.S. champion at 100 meters last year and ran on the gold medal 400-meter relay team at the 2003 worlds in Paris. Williams was part of a 1-2-3 U.S. sweep in the 100 at the 2001 worlds in Edmonton, finishing behind Maurice Greene and Tim Montgomery.