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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 July, 2004, 11:12 GMT 12:12 UK
Drechsler out of Olympics
Heike Drechsler in action
Drechsler ranks only eighth in the long jump in Germany this season
Two-time Olympic long jump champion Heike Drechsler will not compete at the Athens Olympics and plans to retire at the end of the season.

The German legend won gold in 1992 and 2000 and picked up a silver in 1988.

The 39-year-old, who has been beset by injuries since her Sydney gold, said: "I am not able to jump for titles now, neither nationally nor internationally.

"My performance doesn't meet the necessary level and that's why I'm scrapping my Olympic plans."

Drechsler, who also won world titles in 1983 and 1993, will take part at this weekend's German nationals but said she was not focusing on the national team's Olympic qualifying standard of 6.70 metres.

Her top long jump this season is 6.39, while her career best is 7.48.

"Now I will end the season with a competive tour at various international meetings," she said. "Perhaps by the end of the season I can show again the sort of performance I still think I'm capable of."





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