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Queen's Olympic hopes come to an end with disqualification

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Queen Harrison will not have an opportunity to go back to the Olympics.  And she has herself to blame.

The Hermitage product flinched before her semifinal heat of the 400m Hurdles semifinal in Eugene, OR.  She was red-flagged after the false start, causing her to be disqualified. Harrison argued with race and Olympic official for minutes, delaying the start of the race.  NBC's mics even picked up Harrison telling the officials "I know I did not move".  But replays clearly showed that her left leg did move prior to the starter's gun.

Harrison was able to run the race under protest, but she finished last in her heat anyway.  Her 2012 Olympic hopes, have come to an end.

Harrison was a 2008 Olympian, but left Beijing without making it to the 400m hurdles finals.  Since then, she's been an indoor and outdoor champion, a winner of the Heisman Trophy of college track and field, and built a resume that may earn her the title of best track and field athlete ever at Virginia Tech.

But she struggled in the 400m prelims, and just barely made it to the semifinals.  The Richmond native finished 16th, when the top 16 made it through.

Saturday, Collegiate School product Tyler Harris will have a chance to make Team USA in the 200 Individual Medley. But he's up against the two best swimmers in the world - Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.

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