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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 September 2007, 17:56 GMT 18:56 UK
Gibilisco wins drugs ban appeal
Italy's Giuseppe Gibilisco
Gibilisco fell foul of CONI's tough anti-drugs stance
Italy's 2003 pole vault world champion Giuseppe Gibilisco has won his appeal against a two-year doping ban.

The suspension was imposed in July for "the use or attempted use of a banned substance or of a prohibited practice".

It was imposed the Italian Athletics Federation (FIDAL) at the request of the country's Olympic Committee (CONI).

Gibilisco, 28, had threatened to retire if he did not clear his name. CONI has said it will appeal against the decision to clear his name.

A spokesman for FIDAL said its appeal commission had lifted the ban because Gibilisco, who won bronze at the 2004 Olympics, had never failed a doping test.

CONI is already waiting for the Court of Arbitration for Sport to rule on the case of cyclist Alessandro Petacchi.

He was cleared of a doping offence by the Italian Cycling Federation despite a CONI request for a one-year ban.

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