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ANOTHER DRUG DQ AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES

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Jamaican hurdler Robert Foster, this season's NCAA indoor and outdoor titlist, Saturday became the second Commonwealth Games competitor in two days to be disqualified over drugs.

The day after Ghanaian bantamweight boxer Godson Sawah was stripped of his bronze medal for using a weight-losing diuretic furosemide, Foster, who finished sixth in the 110 hurdles final, was sent home for using the banned stimulant ephedrine.A Commonwealth Games Federation statement said Foster's sixth place would be nullified. Details of the positive test would be passed on to track's world governing body, the IAAF, who could further punish the hurdler.

Foster has lived in the United States since he was 13 and studies at Fresno State University.

While it was shame for Foster, it was glory for another Jamaican hurdler, Michelle Freeman, won the women's 100 Saturday.

Freeman clocked 13.12 seconds to edge England's Jacqui Agyepong by 0.12. Another English athlete, Sandra Farquharson, took the bronze in 13.38.

In the weightlifting arena, Romanian-born former world and Olympic champion Nicu Vlad collected three gold medals on his first appearance at the Commonwealth Games. But he failed in his bid to set a world record.

Now competing at heavyweight for Australia, 30-year-old Vlad broke the Commonwealth mark with his second lift with a snatch of 410 pounds and clinched the gold medal.

He then tried to become the first 238-pound competitor to lift 437 pounds, kilos but had to drop the bar before getting it above his head.

Vlad, Olympic titlist in 1984 and world champion in 1986 and '90, then returned to easily win the clean and jerk with a lift of 485 pounds. The nearest to him was Nigeria's Innocent Chika who lifted 441.

Vlad also won the overall gold with Chika finishing second in all three and Gareth Hives of Wales collecting bronze in all three.

Only four lifters took part in the 238-pound category. South Africa's Marc Marais was the one to finish out of the medals.

Canada's Carole Rouillard overtook countrywoman Lizanne Bussieres with about a mile remaining to win the women's marathon.

Rouillard won the race in 2 hours, 30 minutes, 41 seconds. Bussieres made it a 1-2 for the host nation by taking second, 26 seconds behind. England's Yvonne Danson won the bronze in 2:32.24.