Anthony Famiglietti called today to tell me his appeal to be put in the meet has been denied.
Fam is a two time Olympian and an Olympic finalist but right now is #27 on the entry list with #24 athletes expected to be put into the meet.
In the men's 5000m, American record holder in the mile Alan Webb has already been put into the field despite having the worst qualifying time of the 39 people trying to get into the meet. Webb has qualified for the 1500m.
Fam's main concern is their a lack of fairness in the process. Fam said he communicated with Alan Webb this week and Webb told him his agent Ray Flynn called last week and Webb was told then he would be in the meet at 5000m. We will try and confirm this information.
Fam until today had not even spoken to anyone at USATF and just received form type email responses.
It looks like technically there is a chance for Fam to still get in the meet as their is a separate appeals process in the 48 hours before the meet. The USATF website says, "The Men’s and Women’s T&F Chairs will handle all entry appeals up to 48 hours prior to the start of competition in each event. Thereafter, the Entry Appeals Committee, consisting of two Athletes Advisory Committee members, one Men’s T&F Committee member and one Women’s T&F Committee member will have the sole responsibility to handle entry appeals."
The system of appeals is somewhat of a mystery and we've been trying to learn more about it. The USATF website says, "Appeals may be filed by calling 541-743-2040 or 541-681-5068. However, please note that submission of an appeal does not guarantee acceptance into the Olympic Trials. Results of appeals will show on the Status of Entries page. No other notice will be given.
Appeals must be accompanied by a non-refundable $250 appeals fee.
Appeals fee must be paid by credit card. “Visa, the only card accepted by USA Track & Field”"