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World champion Marta Dominguez cleared of drug charges

Marta Dominguez
Dominguez was the centre of huge media attention over the affair

World 3,000m steeplechase champion Marta Dominguez has been provisionally cleared of drug charges by a judge presiding over the case in Spain.

The two-time European 5,000m champion had been charged with providing a banned substance to a fellow athlete.

Public prosecutors have five days to appeal but it is thought unlikely.

Dominguez was among 14 people detained in December in Operation Galgo, an investigation into doping in Spanish athletics. She denied the charges.

The 35-year-old, who won steeplechase gold medal at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin to add to the 5,000m silver medals she won in 2001 and 2003, still faces charges of tax evasion and administering medications without a licence.

see also
Dominguez named in doping probe
10 Dec 10 |  Athletics
Turner leads GB Euro medal haul
30 Jul 10 |  Athletics
Bekele wins fourth straight title
17 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Other sports linked to drug probe
05 Jul 06 |  Sport Homepage
O'Sullivan must settle for silver
10 Aug 02 |  European Athletics

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