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Obadele Thompson concentrating on Beijing Olympics

3 March 2006

Barbados' top male sprinter and lone Olympic medallist in an individual event, Obadele Thompson, said his decision to skip this month's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, was to give his aching body enough time to recover from the injuries he's been suffering from for the past two years.

The man who ran the fastest-ever 100 metres under any conditions, at 9.69 seconds at high altitude in Texas, USA, in 1996, said his mind was well set on competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and wants to give his body sufficient rest so as to make the right preparation for the Games.

"The Olympics are on the horizon, and I have a lot of work ahead of me to get my body in shape," Thompson was quoted as saying in The Nation. "That's why I decided to give my body some rest, and skip the Commonwealth Games."

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