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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia's Fast Diaspora

STOCKHOLM, Sweden () -- Sweden's chances of winning a medal at the Atlanta Games increased Friday when Russia's track and field federation paved the way for Russian-born Ludmila Engquist to compete for Sweden, her new country.

A final approval, seen as a formality, is now needed from the International Olympic Committee. The 32-year-old is a hot favorite in the 100-meter hurdle event after clocking 12.52, the world's fastest time this season.

Engquist won the 1991 World Championships, but was suspended between 1992 and 1995 for using banned substances. She was subsequently cleared, divorced her former husband who had slipped the drugs to her, and moved to Sweden where she married her manager Johan.

On Monday she is scheduled to compete at the Stockholm DN Games, one of the few major track and field events before the Olympics.