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High blood pressure may force discus gold medal candidate Franka Dietsch to miss Olympics

High blood pressure may force discus gold medal candidate Franka Dietsch to miss Olympics

Three-time discus world champion Franka Dietsch was diagnosed with high blood pressure Friday that may force her to miss the Olympics.
The 40-year-old German complained about poor performances and pulled out of several recent meets, prompting her checkup at a Berlin hospital.
"I'm out of circulation at the moment," Dietsch said. "The doctors said I'm risking my life if I try to practice a sport at the highest levels."
Dietsch hoped to claim her first medal at the Beijing Olympics and then retire after the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. She won world titles in 1999, 2005 and '07.
Doctors have given her medication but Dietsch doesn't know when she can train again to prepare for the Aug. 8-24 Beijing Games.
"I expect a medal at the Olympics _ otherwise I won't go at all," Dietsch said. "I feel lucky that the diagnosis didn't back up fears of a kidney disease, so that is positive."
Dietsch has failed to throw far enough this year to qualify for the Olympics. She will seek an exemption from the German rule that it has to be accomplished by the July 5-6 German Championships.
Dietsch is one of the few Germans with a chance at Olympic gold this summer, but has undergone a turbulent year.
She threatened to boycott the Olympics because her coach, Dieter Kollark, may be banned from the games by the Germans after alleged links to the systematic doping program run in the former East Germany.
Kollark, who denies any wrongdoing, once guided 1996 Olympic shot put champion Astrid Kumbernuss.
"Franka's relationship to him is the same as mine was _ we were inseparable," Kumbernuss said.


Updated : 2021-04-14 06:46 GMT+08:00