Sporting Digest: Athletics

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Iwan Thomas and Denise Lewis have been voted Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year in the annual poll of Britain's sports writers. Thomas, a Welsh 400 metres runner, won three gold medals in the European Championships, World Cup and Commonwealth Games last summer. Lewis, a heptathlete, won gold in the European Championships before successfully defending her Commonwealth Games title.

Ben Johnson has filed an application for reinstatement with Canada's track and field federation. Athletics Canada, the governing body, will discuss Johnson's request this weekend.

The German Athletics Federation banned plasma substitutes yesterday after it appeared that at least two prominent German athletes had used one called HES. HES expands the volume of blood plasma, and can be used to combat the blood thickening which might result from some forms of blood doping.