Sporting Digest: Athletics

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Scotland's Yvonne Murray will seek medical advice before confirming her entry for the BUPA Great South Run on 5 October. The Commonwealth 10,000m champion dropped out of last Sunday's BUPA Great North Run after nine miles with food poisoning.

The world track and field's governing body said yesterday it will study the decision by the US authorities to clear Mary Slaney of drug use. A USA Track and Field hearing board exonerated Slaney on Tuesday, concluding that she had not committed any doping violation. Slaney allegedly tested positive for high levels of testosterone at the US Olympic trials in June 1996.

Calls were made yesterday for records held by former East German athletes to be scratched from the record books. Werner Franke, a German molecular biologist, has evidence of widespread, state-sponsored, drug abuse by East German athletes before the Berlin Wall came down. At a seminar for UK sports representatives in London Franke claimed he had the files from the Stasi East German secret service which detail the exact dosages to be given to athletes.

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