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Olympic 1500m champion cleared to race as she appeals doping ban

Asli Cakir Alptekin

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Gold medalist Asli Cakir Alptekin of Turkey, silver medalist Gamze Bulut of Turkey and bronze medalist Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain cross the finish line during the Women’s 1500m Final on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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MONACO (AP) -- Olympic gold medalist Asli Cakir Alptekin of Turkey has been cleared to race again as she appeals an eight-year doping suspension.

Alptekin was banned in August for eight years for blood doping and gave up her 1,500-meter gold medal from the 2012 Olympics, but is now appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to reduce the ban, saying she assisted a corruption inquiry.

The IAAF, track’s world governing body, tells The Associated Press on Sunday in an e-mailed statement that “it was CAS who have provisionally lifted the suspension and allowed her to compete.”

Alptekin faces a CAS hearing Monday but the verdict may not be given immediately. She could in theory meet Olympic qualifying standards in time for next month’s games if the ban is overturned.

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