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Medal Winner To Appeal Suspension

October 14, 1997

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Daniel Plaza, gold medalist in the 20-kilometer walk at the 1992 Olympics, said Tuesday he will appeal a two-year suspension for steroid use.

The Spanish Sport Disciplinary Committee decided last Friday to ban Plaza because he had tested positive for the steroid nandrolone June 28, 1996, just before the Atlanta Games. He tested negative in two subsequent tests prior to Atlanta and was allowed to enter the games.

The case was thrown out by the Spanish Athletic Federation, but the National Anti-Doping Commission appealed to the disciplinary committee, which in turn ruled for a two-year suspension.

``I roundly deny ever having taken any type of substance, which is why I’m going to go ... through all I have to to clear it up,″ Plaza said.

Plaza won the 20k event at Barcelona in 1992 and finished 11th at Atlanta.

``I see myself embroiled in a mess just at the end of my career,″ he said.

Plaza said he intends to continue training for the 2000 Sydney Games while his appeal is being considered.

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