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Wednesday, 11 July, 2001, 14:57 GMT 15:57 UK
Shouaa calls time
Atlanta gold medallist Ghada Shouaa is retiring from athletics
Shouaa couldn't repeat her Atlanta success in Sydney
Syria's former Olympic and world heptathlon champion Ghada Shouaa has retired from athletics.

Syrian Athletics Federation president Mouaffak Joumaa said: "She told me that she was going to retire for good and that she would not take part in the World Championships next month in Edmonton.

"Sadly, I think that Ghada is not interested in sport anymore and is perhaps more concerned with business."

Shouaa won gold at the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg and followed that with another gold at the Atlanta Olympics the following year.

But Shouaa was plagued by injury during the Sydney Olympics and lost her crown to Briton Denise Lewis.

She has since struggled to recover from a foot injury she picked up after last year's Olympics.

The 28-year-old had already announced on Tuesday that she would skip the forthcoming Mediterranean Games in Tunisia.

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