China's Sun eyes Beijing Games after dope ban - coach

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BEIJING, Oct 23 (Reuters) Chinese distance runner Sun Yingjie is back in training and aiming to compete at next year's Beijing Olympics after completing a two-year doping ban, her coach told local media.

Sun, 10,000 metres bronze medallist at the 2003 world championships, tested positive for the steroid androsterone at China's National Games in 2005 and her ban ended on October 19.

The 28-year-old from Liaoning is best known for her marathon exploits but after missing last weekend's Beijing Marathon, a race she won four times from 2002 to 2005, she cannot now qualify for the Beijing Games in that event.

''Her thoughts are simple -- to participate in the Olympics,'' coach Tao Shaoming told Titan Sports. ''She can only hope to compete in the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres.'' Tao, who took over responsibility for Sun when her former coach Wang Dexian was banned for life, said she would probably have her first competitive outing at the Xiamen marathon in January.

''She has not started competing and is not in good form...

Presently she is at only 80 percent of her best at most,'' he said.

China entered no women in the 5,000 or 10,000m races at the recent world championships in Osaka, Japan after Xing Huina, Olympic champion at the longer event, was ruled out through injury.

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