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Jeanette Kwakye

Loughborough University sprinter suffers Olympic blow

28 June 2012

Loughborough University graduate sports scholar Jeanette Kwakye’s hopes of qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics appear to be over after she failed to qualify from her 100m heat at the European Championships in Helsinki.

The 29-year-old finished seventh of eight runners in 11.98 seconds.

"I'm devastated. I don't know what's going to happen," she said.

Kwakye, who finished sixth in the 100mfinal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, has had injury problems and missed last week's Olympics trials with a flare-up of an Achilles problem.

She said: "I've got a couple of 'A' standards from last year but it’s only four weeks until the Games.

"I can't start on the line in London if I'm going to be in that kind of shape and form. I wouldn't do myself justice and psychologically it doesn't help."

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