Jeremy Dodson allowed to go to worlds
DAEGU, South Korea -- U.S. sprinter Jeremy Dodson will attend the world championships after being allowed to travel at a court hearing Friday following his recent arrest on suspicion of identity theft.
Dodson was arrested last week and released on a $10,000 bond. As a condition of his bond, he had to surrender his passport, putting his status for the 200 meters in jeopardy.
Following an advisement hearing in Colorado on Friday, Dodson's agent, Vince Ewing, told The Associated Press in an email that the sprinter had been cleared to leave the country and may arrive as soon as Saturday.
USA Track and Field confirmed he would compete.
Dodson's next court date is set for Sept. 15.
Ewing said last week it was Dodson's identification that was stolen and "apparently used by an unidentified person." Ewing remained confident that after the process "the facts above will come to light and a criminal complaint will not be filed against him."
Dodson was a surprise qualifier for the world team at the U.S. championships in June, finishing third behind Walter Dix and Darvis Patton.
In addition to competing, Dodson, who will turn 24 on Tuesday, is a voluntary coach at the University of Colorado, where he ran track and became the school's record holder in the 200.
Dodson also is enrolled in law school at Colorado.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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