Joey Brinson has been added to the United States’ wheelchair fencing team for the Rio 2016 Paralympics after receiving a reallocated slot.
The place at the Games, scheduled to run from September 7 to 18, was freed up after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed the appeal of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) against their suspension.
Paralympic berths Russians would have taken have subsequently been reallocated to other countries.
Brinson had narrowly missed out on selection but will now be given the chance to represent the US in the Brazilian city.
The American is the highest ranked men’s sabre fencer in the country and has a current world ranking of 17.
He is now set to compete in the category B event in Rio, having previously represented his country at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Brinson has been a member of the US Wheelchair World Championship team on four occasions in his career.
The 40-year-old claimed the silver medal at the Pan American Wheelchair Championships in May, but had required gold to automatically qualify for Rio.
He will head into the event fresh from having won gold at the American National Championships.
Brinson will be joined at Rio 2016 by Lauryn DeLuca, the country’s only other qualified wheelchair fencer.
The IPC opted to ban the entire Russian team from the Games in the wake of the release of the McLaren Report, which alleged the presence of a state-sponsored doping scheme in the country, including at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
IPC President Sir Philip Craven described the anti-doping system in Russia as "broken, corrupted and entirely compromised", while accusing the Russian Government of "catastrophically failing" its Para-athletes.
The Briton also said the "medals over morals" attitude in the country "disgusts me”.