Marathoner Khalid Khannouchi, whose long run to U.S. citizenship ended last week, is not the only athlete who has been on an affiliation odyssey this year. Here are some other folks who hope to be in Sydney—in the colors of one country or another.
Sierra Leone/ France
Two-time Olympian for war-ravaged Sierra Leone won world tide for France in 1999. Uncertain whether her homeland will allow her to compete for France in Sydney
Yue Ling Chen
Former Chen Yueling won gold in 1992 for China, became U.S. citizen in April. Needs China's O.K. to walk at U.S. trials in July
Three-time Boston Marathon champ finished drug ban in April, became U.S. citizen this month. May try 10,000 at U.S. trials in July if Germany consents
1991 Pan Am platform champ defected in '93, became U.S. citizen in '99. U.S. Diving has filed request for Cuba to grant Ramirez relief in time for June U.S. trials
U.S./ Dominican Republic
After losing at U.S. Box-offs, all used Dominican heritage to make that nation's Olympic team; still must earn Sydney berths in international competition later this month
With new Turkish passports and Ottomanized names, runners won five medals at the 1999 European junior championships.