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JOHNSON READY TO COMPETE WITH WORLD'S FASTEST SPRINTERS

A beaming Ben Johnson predicted today that he will still be able to compete with the world's fastest sprinters when his two-year suspension ends in September.

"I have no doubt in my mind that I can run fast again," he said at a news conference.But how fast? Johnson wasn't specific but he did say that at 28 he feels he's capable of running as fast without steroids as he did with the performance-enhancing drugs.

"When I ran 9.83 and 9.79, (steroids) didn't help me that much," Johnson said. "I know what I can do."

When the Jamaican-born sprinter tested positive for anabolic steroids at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, he was barred from running for two years and stripped of the gold medal and the 100-meter world record of 9.83 seconds he set in the process. On Jan. 20, 1990, the International Amateur Athletic Federation also erased the previous world record of 9.83 seconds that Johnson had set in 1987 at the world championships in Rome.