Christie rules out Olympics

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Linford Christie reiterated his intention not to defend his Olympic 100 metres title in Atlanta next year after pulling away over the final 20 metres to win the event at the Rieti meeting in Italy yesterday.

After the race, Christie told Italian television that he was likely to miss the Olympics. "I probably will not be competing in Atlanta," he said. "I took some sweet revenge after the World Championships. I have nothing to show at 35, except that athletics can be fun."