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European Runner Cleared of Doping

July 28, 1999

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) _ European 200 meters champion Doug Walker has been cleared of a drug-use charge which threatened to keep him out of the 2000 Olympics.

UK Athletics said today that the Scotsman’s suspension has been lifted.

The problem arose when he flunked a random drug test in December, testing positive for the steroid Nadrolene.

A UK Athletics spokesman said the ruling would be clarified Thursday and neither Walker nor the sport’s British governing body would comment until then.

Walker, who turned 26 today, has maintained his innocence since the results of the test were released in March, saying he was ``totally shocked″ that he tested positive.

The sprinter was banned pending the disciplinary committee meeting this week. He faced a mandatory two-year suspension if the disciplinary committee found him guilty of the drugs charges.

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