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Disgraced sprinter Ben Johnson has started legal action to force the International Amateur Athletic Federation to lift his life ban for two drugs offences. The Canadian's lawyers told a court the ban constituted a restraint of trade.

Lameck Aguta, Boston marathon champion from Kenya, has regained consciousness and is expected to recover from a car crash, his doctor said yesterday. Aguta was moved from Nairobi hospital's High Dependency Unit on Monday to a general ward and was fully conscious and could move his limbs and the rest of his body.

Stefka Kostadinova, Bulgaria's Olympic high jump champion, has been forced out of action with a bruised heel for the rest of the season and will not be able to defend her world title in Athens next month.

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