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Triple Olympic champion Aussie Jodie Henry to miss Beijing Olympics

Updated:2008-03-01
Triple Olympic champion Aussie Jodie Henry to miss Beijing Olympics
Jodie Henry after the Women's 100m Freestyle final on day six of the Australian Championships at Chandler Aquatic Centre on December 8, 2006 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo credit: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

(BEIJING, February 29)-- Triple Olympic champion of Australia Jodie Henry announced on Friday in Brisbane that she would not participate in any swimming competitions of Beijing Olympic Games in August due to injury problem on her pelvis, according to a Xinhua report.

Suffering from a pelvic pain, the former 100-meter freestyle world record holder said she could not continue to prepare for next month's Olympic trails of the Australian national swimming team in Sydney.

"It has been a very hard decision to make as the Olympics is every swimmer's goal and I would have loved to be able to go to Beijing and try and defend my title and to help the girls win another relay," the 24-year-old Aussie said.

But the Australian gold medal hopeful said to the reporters that the decision did not mean the end of her swimming career despite the absence of Beijing Olympics.

Triple Olympic champion Aussie Jodie Henry to miss Beijing Olympics
Olympic gold medallist Jodie Henry talks to the media during a press conference at the Chandler Aquatic Centre on February 29, 2008 in Brisbane, Australia.(Photo credit: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

"I will now get stuck in to working on fixing my injury and getting back into the pool and then looking at resetting my goals for the future," said Henry optimistically.

The legend swimmer won the women's 100m freestyle title and pinned two more medals with her teammates in 4x100m relay and 4x100m medley relay for Australia in 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

"I am happy to say that I am definitely not retiring as there is no way that I want my swimming career to end like this," she said.

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