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Irina Privalova eyes Olympic comeback

4 May 2007

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Former Olympic champion Irina Privalova is aiming to make a comeback ahead of the Beijing Olympics, after seven years away from the sport, her coach and husband said on Thursday on the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) website.

Privalova was a sprinter but after the emergence of the dominant Marion Jones, she stepped up to 400m hurdles and came away with the Sydney Olympic title in only her eighth race in the event.

However, injuries and pregnancies have kept her off the track since then and now 38, her husband Vladimir Paraschuk says she is ready to return.

"On the current training session were paying very much attention to Irinas complete recovery after the variety of injuries she had during her whole career, but there is no place for taking risks."

"The aim is still the same - participation in the 2008 Olympic Games. The exact distances are yet to be considered, but the likely choice will be the usual 100 and 200 metres."

Privalova was one of the top European sprinters in her time, winning three sprint golds at the European Championships while also winning a World Championships relay gold in Stuttgart in 1993.

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