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Sally Gunnell, the former Olympic and world champion, faces the first serious test of her comeback from long-term injury at the Golden Gala meeting in Rome tonight, buoyed by an unscheduled but successful appearance in a 400 metres hurdles race in Bedford last Saturday. Gunnell coasted to victory in the race but more importantly the foot problem that caused her to pull up in the Olympic semi-final at Atlanta last summer did not flare up again.

Andreea Burlacu, the Romanian world junior 400 metres champion, has been banned for two years after testing positive for the steroid nandrolone.