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Friday, 23 November, 2001, 16:27 GMT
Lewis doubtful for Manchester
Denise Lewis clears the high jump bar on her way to winning the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000
Lewis won heptathlon gold in the 2000 Olympics
British heptathlete Denise Lewis is unsure whether she will attempt to win her third Commonwealth gold medal in Manchester in 2002.

But the 29-year-old, who is expecting her first child in April, has set her sights on retaining her Olympic title in Athens in 2004.

She will not decide whether to defend her Commonwealth title next summer until after she has given birth.

"I have to see how the body is feeling," said Lewis, who is currently only doing light training work.

"Pregnancy is unpredictable and this is my first.

Denise Lewis shows off her first Commonwealth gold medal in 1994
Lewis's first Commonwealth title came in 1994 in Canada

"If I'm not competing I'll be there anyway because I have a lot of respect for the Commonwealth Games," said Lewis, who has a role helping to promote the Manchester event.

"To be an Olympic champion is everything. To do it twice would be really special," she added.

Lewis also said that she was still hoping to fulfil her ambition to be world champion.

She withdrew from this year's world championships in Edmonton with fitness problems.

Lewis admitted she is missing athletics during her pregnancy, but added: "I always miss it when I'm not competing.

"But this is a hard time of the year for athletes so I'm not missing too much."

New scheme

Lewis and fellow multi-events athlete Dean Macey helped launch the Rover Combined Events Initiative on Friday.

The four-year initiative is aimed at producing the next generation of British heptathletes and decathletes and will involve competitors, coaches and 10,000 young athletes.

"I remember how difficult it was for me when I started out, in terms of finding decent places to train and supplies of equipment," said Lewis.

Britain's Denise Lewis
"Everyone's carrying on like I'm the first person to have a baby"
See also:

21 Nov 01 |  Athletics
Macey set tough test in gold quest
02 Nov 01 |  Athletics
Lewis announces pregnancy
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