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Athletics: RICHARDSON BAN AXED.

SPRINTER Mark Richardson last night had his drug ban lifted.

The British 400 metres runner tested positive for nandrolone in October 1999 and missed the Sydney Olympics as a result.

But the International Amateur Athletic Federation reinstated him under their "exceptional circumstance" rule.

Richardson, 28, said: "I'm delighted, the IAAF has given me my dignity and integrity back. Now I can get on with my athletics career."

Richardson, bronze medallist in the 1998 European Championships, protested his innocence, blaming a contaminated nutritional supplement.

FORMER world junior champion Christian Malcolm proved himself the hottest sprint property in Europe last night with a brilliant double victory in Helsinki. He won the 100m in 10.17secs and then he took the 200m in 20.40secs.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 15, 2001
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