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Dragila fails to qualify

Updated: August 21, 2004, 8:57 PM ET
By Carrie Sheinberg | Special to ESPN.com

ATHENS, Greece -- The reigning Olympic champion isn't supposed to be going home three nights before the pole vault finals.

Still, there Stacy Dragila went, marching by the media after Saturday night's qualifying heat, head down and cap pulled over her teary eyes trying to ignore the questions. The faster she walked, the louder the voices: "Stacy, what happened?" "Stacy are you okay?"

Too polite to brush off her responsibilities as the sport's spokeswoman, but too devastated ...

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