April 22, 2016

ROME (AP) Retired pole vault world champion Giuseppe Gibilisco and four other Italian athletes have been cleared of evading doping tests.

CONI's anti-doping court issued the verdicts Friday - meaning 18 of the 26 athletes in the case have been cleared, with the remaining eight still to be judged.

The anti-doping prosecutor had requested two-year bans for all 26 athletes - six of whom are retired.

The others cleared Friday are: sprinters Jacques Riparelli and Marco Francesco Vistalli; javelin thrower Roberto Bertolini; and triple jumper Fabrizio Schembri.

Fabrizio Donato, the triple jump bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, and Andrew Howe, the long jump silver medalist at the 2007 world championships, were among those cleared last month.

All the athletes maintained that an administrative error was responsible for the missed tests.

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