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World mountain running champion Elisa Desco fails drug test

ROME — World mountain running champion Elisa Desco has tested positive for doping, the Italian athletics federation says Thursday.

The federation said Desco failed a doping test on Sept. 6, the same day she won her world title in Campodolcino in northern Italy. The federation did not name the drug.

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Desco’s invitation to the world half marathon championships Sunday in Birmingham, England, was immediately revoked.

Pending testing of a backup “B” sample, Desco could be stripped of her title and face a ban of up to two years.

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