FOURTH GUAM ATHLETE GAINS OLYMPICS ENTRY

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HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, August 12) - Guam has increased its roster of 2004 Summer Olympic athletes to four.

Guam National Olympic Committee President Rick Blas said the Fèdèration Internationale de Natation Amateur and the International Olympic Committee have accepted the entry of swimmer Dan O’Keeffe into the men’s 100 meter butterfly race scheduled for August 16.

The swimmer now joins wrestler Jeff Cobb, sprinter PhilAm Garcia and middle-distance runner Sloan Siegrist on Guam’s Olympic team.

O’Keeffe, 32, won bronze and silver medals at the 2003 South Pacific Games in Fiji. He represented Guam at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

O’Keeffe, who accompanied the other Guam athletes to Athens last week, said he is humbled by the ruling and "elated" by his Olympic entry.

A few months ago the Guam Swim League nominated Connor Keith as its Olympic candidate. The swimmer earned the nomination by participating at the 10th FINA World Championships, but he did not meet the Olympic "B" qualifying standard for his event.

Kin Duenas and Daniel Kang also represented Guam at the meet, according to Pacific Daily News files. Duenas and Kang also did not meet the "B" qualifying standards for their respective events.

August 13, 2004

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