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Miller Contests Allegation of Drug-Taking -- November 28, 1997

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - Australian swimmer Scott Miller, who won a silver medal at the 1996 Olympics, is contesting an allegation of drug-taking, his lawyer said. Australian media said Miller had failed a drug test for marijuana. ``It was a test made some months ago when he was out of training with a shoulder injury,'' Miller's lawyer, Chris Murphy, told Australia's Channel Nine television network. ``We'll be defending it vigorously.''

Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) president John Coates said on Saturday three athletes had returned positive tests for banned substances but gave no further details.

Miller, 22, has not competed at a major meeting since he took the 100m butterfly silver medal at the 1996 Olympics. A nagging shoulder injury kept him out of the Australian World Championship Trials in Brisbane last month, automatically eliminating him from the 1998 World Championships in Perth.

But the Sydney swimmer hopes to make a comeback for next year's Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Two years ago Miller spent a night in jail after intervening in a fight outside a nightclub during the Pan Pacific championships in Atlanta. Earlier this year he was expelled from the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra for missing too many training sessions.