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Tuesday, 12 February, 2002, 02:20 GMT

Dizzy Dixon's biathlon blow

Veteran biathlete Milke Dixon complained of feeling unwell after a disappointing start to his sixth Winter Olympics.

Dixon could only finish 79th out of 87 in the event, won by Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen.

He still managed to finish above his team-mate Mark Gee, who came 81st.

Late call-up Jason Sklenar justified his inclusion in the British side by finishing in 48th place.

Dixon admitted he had had a terrible day at Soldier Hollow.

He said: "I've never felt so much like giving up a race in my career. I felt dizzy and found the course very tough."

Just four days earlier, Dixon was on a high after carrying the British flag for the third time at a Winter Games opening ceremony.

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