Athletics: Black set to miss Malaysia

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The Independent Online
Roger Black is ready to pull out of the 400 metres at next year's Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. The Olympic silver medallist wants to concentrate on regaining his European title the month before.

Black said the Commonwealth Games in September would come too quickly and he felt the Malaysian capital to be a far from ideal venue.

"The big one is the Europeans, and having the Commonwealth Games so close makes the choice very difficult," Black said. "I came on to the scene by winning the European championship so that is special to me. It's the title I want back."