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Redgrave off to a flying start.

Triple Olympic gold medal winner Steve Redgrave will carry the flag for Britain at the Atlanta opening ceremony.

The rower - who struck gold at Los Angeles in 1984, Seoul in 1988 and again at Barcelona four years ago - starts his bid for a fourth tomorrow.

The 34-year-old said: "It is an unbelievable honour for me.

"I carried the flag at Barcelona and won the gold medal. I just hope things go along the same lines in Atlanta."

At Barcelona Redgrave carried the heavy Union Jack in his right hand, without using the support strap.

He might have another trick this time and said: "I don't know how I'll carry it this time, I might even balance it on my nose."

Meanwhile, Aussie sprinter Dean Capobianco has had drug charges against him dropped.

The runner was given a four-year ban for testing positive for traces of the anabolic steroid stanozolol at a meeting in Holland in May.

But an appeal in Melbourne yesterday dismissed the case, ruling that the test was flawed.

Capobianco said: "I can now look forward to the Olympics, but my preparations have been seriously damaged by these allegations."

But the IAAF could still stop Capobianco from competing at Atlanta. General secretary Istvan Gyulai revealed: "Theoretically, we can stop him, but we have to look at the reason for their decision."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Barnes, Pete
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 19, 1996
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