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Published: Thursday, 11/13/2008

Olympic sprinter fails to reach dancing gold

Cheryl Burke and Maurice
Greene dance the paso doble.
Cheryl Burke and Maurice Greene dance the paso doble.

LOS ANGELES - Maurice Greene won't be Dancing with the Stars anymore.

The former sprinter and his professional partner, Cheryl Burke, were eliminated Tuesday from the ABC competition. The pair received a total score of 48 out of 60 from judges for their quickstep and paso doble routines Monday. After viewer votes were combined with the judges' scores, the Olympic gold medalist was dismissed.

"I had a lot of fun," Greene, 34, said after being eliminated. "I made a lot of new friends out here. I learned how to dance out here in front of millions of people every night."

The four remaining celebrity contestants - model Brooke Burke, singer Lance Bass, former NFL star Warren Sapp, and Hannah Montana actor Cody Linley - will compete in the semifinals. Linley will rejoin his professional partner, Julianne Hough, who missed two weeks of competition because of surgery to remove her appendix.

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