posted on Aug, 21 2004 @ 11:32 AM
Denise Lewis admitted she was "physically and emotionally devastated" after deciding to pull out of the Olympic Games.
The defending Olympic heptathlon champion, clearly struggling with her fitness, battled through the opening day's four disciplines, grimacing as she
hobbled off the track after the 200metres.
Lewis did compete in the long jump on Saturday morning but she was lying 18th in the competition and decided to bring an end to her brave battle.
Lewis, who was 199 points behind the bronze medal position with the javelin and 800m to go, said: "I have put my heart and soul into this year with
only goal and one mission in mind - to come away from the Olympic Games with a medal.
"I am physically and emotionally devastated and anyone who has ever understood what it's like to be a sportsperson will understand what I am really
"I am completely empty at this moment and unable to continue and would do myself even less justice going through the motions when all my hopes have