Krabbe tests positive in drugs checks

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KATRIN KRABBE, the world champion sprinter, has given a positive drugs test, according to leading German athletics officials yesterday. Traces of the steroid clenbuterol were said to have been found in urine samples provided by Krabbe and her German team-mate, Grit Breuer.

The officials said Krabbe and Breuer had twice undergone random tests during training last month. Klaus Wengoborsky, who carried out tests for the German Control laboratory in Zinnowitz, said: 'There were certain problems. I cannot say any more than that.'

Clenbuterol is the same banned substance which led to the British weightlifters, Andrew Davies and Andrew Saxton, being dismissed from the Olympic Games last week.

Krabbe, 22, who withdrew from the Olympics having been cleared on a technicality over previous drug-test irregularities, could face a four-year ban if the findings are confirmed by second tests after the Games.