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Spain’s ‘Grande Dame’ Dominguez May Lose Track Titles

Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) -- World steeplechase champion Marta Dominguez may lose multiple titles if there’s proof she doped, Jose Maria Odriozola, president of the Spanish track and field federation, said today.

Dominguez, described as Spain’s “Grand Dame” of track and field by El Pais newspaper, is one of 14 people being investigated after police said they broke up a doping ring last week. Dominguez, 35, denied drugs were found in a raid on her house in Palencia last week, Efe newswire reported, citing written answers to its questions. Her responses didn’t directly address whether she doped.

The situation may mirror that of American sprinter Marion Jones, who was stripped of the five medals she won at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney after confessing she used steroids in 2007. Dominguez, who holds several Spanish records and titles, was questioned by police last week when she was also suspended as vice-president of the national track and field federation.

“There will be a retrospective investigation, and if necessary, all the results and titles will be canceled, as in the case of Marion Jones,” Odriozola told a televised news conference.

Dominguez said police had told her she was “simply a witness” in an investigation into drug trafficking that began eight months ago, Efe reported.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Duff in Madrid at aduff4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at at celser@bloomberg.net

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