Kylie Palmer cleared to race at next year's Olympic Games

Kylie Palmer of Australia looks on during day three of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) at the Hamad Aquatic on December 5, 2014 in Doha, Qatar.
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Former Olympic gold medallist Kylie Palmer is cleared to race at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after avoiding a ban for a doping violation.

Kylie Palmer has admitted that she is fully focused on earning qualification for next year's Olympic Games after being handed a warning - rather than a ban - for a doping violation.

In 2013, Palmer tested positive for low levels of a masking agent, but after an investigation by the sport's governing body FINA, the Australian swimmer has avoided a lengthy period on the sidelines.

In a statement, the 25-year-old said: "I sincerely hope that this process is now over. My number one goal is to represent Australia at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and I cannot wait to get back on track to achieving that dream.

"It has been a distressing few months since I was first notified of the positive test back in April 2015. Since that time, I made the decision to accept a provisional suspension and missed the Fina World Championships in Kazan.

"I cannot get back that opportunity to represent my country internationally but I am now looking to the future."

Palmer won gold in the 4x200m relay at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

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