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Spanish hurdler Josephine Onyia banned for doping

By Steve Campbell/Agencies, World-Track

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Spanish sprint hurdler Josephine Onyia on Wednesday received a two year ban after failing two post-race doping tests within 11 days.

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The decision was made after the Court of Arbitration for Sport overruled decisions by the Spanish Athletics Federation.

The CAS Onyia tested positive for the substance methylhexaneamine at a meeting in Lausanne in September 2008 and for the anabolic agent clenbuterol at the world athletics final in Stuttgart the same month.

“Josephine Onyia is declared ineligible for a period of two years, commencing on September 22, 2009,” the court said in a statement.

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“In both cases, the (Spanish federation) exonerated the athlete of any doping violation and the IAAF requested the CAS to impose a two-year suspension.”

Onyia was born in Nigeria, but obtained Spanish citizenship in 2007.

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