Sport in Short: Athletics

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JAVIER SOTOMAYOR, the world high jump record-holder from Cuba, cleared 2.36 metres to equal the best performance of the season in Eberstadt, Germany, yesterday.

KAMY KESHMIRI, 23, of the United States, the world's leading discus thrower, will not compete in the Barcelona Olympics because of an aggravated muscle in his lower abdomen, according to his father and coach, Joe Keshmiri.

GEOFF CAPES, the 42-year-old British shot-putt record-holder, will make his amateur comeback in the revived Edinburgh Highland Games at Meadowbank on 29 August.

JIM DOEHRING, the shot-putter who qualified for the US team on his final attempt during last month's Olympic trials, is likely to reamin in the squad despite a drug conviction last year. Doehring, who lives in San Diego, pleaded guilty on 16 December 1991 to 'conspiring to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute'. United States Olympic Committee spokesman Mike Moran said: 'Athletes are not subject to our code of conduct until they are officially members of the team.'

KATRIN KRABBE, who has pulled out of the Olympics despite being cleared to run after a recent drug-testing saga, plans to compete soon after the Barcelona Games. The double world women's sprint champion and her German team-mates, Grit Breuer and Silke Moller, won a five-month battle against a four-year doping ban last weekend, but said the pressure exerted by the affair had ruined their chances of performing well at the Olympics.

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