Modahl, who is expecting a baby in October, pronounced herself "thrilled, delighted and very, very excited".
Last December, the former Commonwealth 800 metres champion appeared before the press with eyes brimming with tears after a British Athletic Federation hearing had agreed unanimously that she had breached international doping regulations. Last night, at a London hotel, her eyes shone with joy as she sat beside her husband Vicente, and thanked all those who had supported her.
But she still faces a further possible challenge from the International Amateur Athletic Federation after a decision that calls into question the reliability of their drug-testing programme. Modahl's case is now likely to go to an IAAF arbitration panel.The three-strong BAF appeal panel which reported yesterday after deliberating for 24 hours was chaired by Robert Reid, QC, who conducted the investigation into the financial affairs of ex-Arsenal manager George Graham.
The panel concluded that there was reasonable doubt over the findings of a Portuguese laboratory last June which reported massive levels of the male hormone testosterone in a urine sample taken from Modahl after she had competed in Lisbon.
Modahl, who has always protested her innocence, has had widespread support within the sport since being charged.
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