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Athens 100 free gold medalist Henry pulls out of Beijing Olympics

Swimmer Jodie Henry, who set a world record while winning gold in the 100-meter freestyle at the Athens Olympics, won't defend her title in Beijing due to an injury.
The 24-year-old Henry said Friday a muscle imbalance in her pelvic region forced her to withdraw from the Australian championships from March 22-29 in Sydney, which are doubling this year as the Olympic trials.
"It has been a very hard decision to make as the Olympics is every swimmer's goal," said Henry, who also led Australia to gold medals at Athens in 4x100-meter freestyle and medley relays.
"I have been struggling with an injury which has meant that I haven't been able to train as much as I would have liked, and as much as I have needed to, to be ready for the Olympic trials."
Henry said she is not retiring. Doctors have told her that with the right treatment _ a combination of exercises and physiotherapy _ she could return for next year's world championships in Rome and the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India.
At last year's world titles in Melbourne, Henry finished sixth in the 100 free.
"It's a shame for Jodie and a great loss to the Australian team," said Australian head coach Alan Thompson. "She has become a great leader for us, both individually and particularly in our relay teams over the past six years."

Updated : 2021-04-19 18:27 GMT+08:00