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By DENNIS PASSA,
Updated July 6, 2012
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) A man accused of stalking an athlete, who was his daughter's biggest threat for a spot in Australia's Olympic archery team, had a restraining order against him dismissed in a Sydney court on Friday
The judge rebuked the man, while his lawyer admitted his behavior might have been unsportsmanlike.
Jonathan Barnard, father of Elisa Barnard, was accused of trying to put 18-year-old Odette Snazelle off her performance during several qualifying events in January and February. Snazelle took out an interim apprehended violence order against Barnard, preventing him from coming within 200 meters of her.
Elisa Barnard, 19, was named by the Australian Olympic Committee on June 27 on the two-person team for London. Odette Snazelle is an alternate.
An AOC spokesman said Friday they would not comment on the decision.
The Olympic archery competition will be held at Lord's cricket ground.