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Mary Altaffer  /  ASSOCIATED PRESS
U.S. Olympic boxing team member Gary Russell Jr., one of the team's top medal hopes, collapsed on Thursday night and will miss the Olympics.
updated 8/7/2008 11:56:43 PM ET 2008-08-08T03:56:43

American bantamweight Gary Russell Jr. will miss the Olympics after collapsing Thursday night while trying to make weight.

Russell is two-time national champion and one of the top medal hopes for the U.S. team. He is resting after he collapsed in a last-ditch workout to reach the 119-pound limit.

He was removed for the US team's list of competitors before Friday's draw.

This story will be updated as it develops.

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