SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge on Friday rejected the U.S. Olympic anti-doping agency's bid to review sealed testimony of top sprinters questioned during a federal probe into an alleged steroid ring.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency wants to review the grand jury testimony of Tim Montgomery, Chryste Gaines, Michelle Collins and Alvin Harrison -- all charged by the agency with using performance-enhancing drugs.
All four sprinters appeared last fall before a federal grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative.
Each has denied using banned substances.
BALCO's founder and three other men connected to the lab were indicted for allegedly distributing illegal steroids.
All four men have pleaded not guilty.
The USADA request came as the four athletes were set to begin competing in the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Sacramento, which continue through July 18.
The USADA is trying to prevent them from participating in the Olympics if they have admitted using steroids.
"Did these people take these substances or didn't they?" Bob Vizas, a USADA attorney told U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in explaining why the agency wants the transcripts. "We want to see the right people compete in the Olympics."