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Suspended Sun Yingjie vows to run in 2008 Olympic Games

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BEIJING, Dec 26, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Chinese star runner Sun Yingjie, who was suspended for two years for testing positive for banned drugs last October, said she will achieve good results in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Sun, world half marathon champion in 2004, has denied any wrongdoing following her surprise positive test results during the 10th Chinese National Games in Nanjing two months ago.

"I hope to run in the Beijing Olympics and prove my innocence with a good result," Sun said in her first interview with reporters in two months.

"The past two months is as long as 20 years for me," she said. "But after all this I have become more mature. I will train as hard as ever even though I am not allowed to run. They can only ban me from competitions but cannot ban me from training.

"The year of 2006 will be a new start for me."

Sun won a court battle earlier December against a former training partner she accused of spiking her drinks with the banned steroid androsterone. She was cleared by the court of doping.

But the Chinese Athletics Association (CAA) decided that judicial ruling would not affect their final judgment.

Copyright 2005 XINHUA NEWS AGENCY.

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