out of Games with viral infection
9 September 2000 - Regina Jacobs has withdrawn from the women's Olympic 1,500 metres due to the effects from a viral infection, the U.S. track and field association said on Saturday.
Jacobs, who won the U.S. trials, made the decision on Friday at home in Oakland, California and misses the chance to take part in her fourth Olympics.
Jacobs had been experiencing breathing complications from a viral infection in her lungs, preventing her from training at the level she felt necessary to contend for a medal in Sydney.
"I have had problems with my breathing and lung capacity since racing in the Golden League meet at Zurich (on August 11)," said Jacobs, who turned 37 last month.
"As a result, I was feeling very fatigued and sluggish. I had been working with my medical team and it appeared to be getting better recently.
"But on Tuesday I had a relapse and couldn't even complete my workout. I had hoped to get it under control before Sydney, but we seem to have run out of time."
Jacobs won both the 1,500 metres and 5,000 metres at the U.S. trials in July. She raced the 1,500 metres in the last three Olympics, has twice won World Championship silver and is eight times U.S. national champion over the distance.
She will be replaced in Sydney by Shayne Culpepper, who was fourth at the U.S. trials, joining Suzy Favor Hamilton and Marla Runyan.
Culpepper is currently in Brisbane, where she is accompanying her husband, Alan, who will run the 10,000 metres at Sydney.
Jacobs still plans to make the trip to Sydney in support of the U.S. team.