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Injury Sidelines Olympic Triple Jump Champion


A hamstring injury will keep Olympic triple jump champion Christian Olsson of Sweden out of the Summer Games in Beijing.

Olsson says he pulled a muscle Tuesday in his fourth jump at the DN Galan athletic meet in Stockholm. The 28-year-old Swede has been plagued by injuries since winning the gold medal in Athens four years ago. He was competing this week for the first time after a long break.

Olsson placed third with a jump of 17-meters from a second round jump at Olympic Stadium. But Olsson says he will have to consider if he should continue his career.

Marian Oprea of Romania won Tuesday's triple jump with an effort of 17 meters, 25 centimeters. Dmitrij Valukevic of Slovakia was second - 17 meters, one centimeter.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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