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Wednesday, September 9, 1998 Published at 07:52 GMT 08:52 UK

Jackson 'too tired' for Games

Colin Jackson will not be defending his Commonwealth title

Colin Jackson has decided not to compete in the Commonwealth Games because he is too tired to run in Kuala Lumpur.

The 110 metres hurdles world record holder is due to compete for Great Britain in this weekend's World Cup.

But he will not be heading from Johannesburg to south-east Asia to defend his Commonwealth title.

Waless team press officer Malcolm Stanners said that the tough season that Jackson has had meant that the athlete was too tired to compete.

"Colin does feel mentally and physically tired after a long season in Europe."

The withdrawal of Jackson is a further blow to the Games organisers who have had to endure other top athletes dropping out.

The premier event, the men's 100 metres, has already been reduced to a "B" grade showdown after the withdrawal of Canadian world record holder Donovan Bailey and Olympic Games silver medallist Frankie Fredericks of Namibia.

Fredericks withdrew after saying that he had been offended by the Namibian Prime Minister but there are rumours that the sprinter might relent and decide to compete in Malaysia.

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