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Eadie's season over

Australian Olympic bronze medallist Sean Eadie is resigned to the fact that his 2005 season is over. Eadie has been struggling with niggling injuries and after consultation with his coaches has reluctantly taken the decision to give his body a break.

"The problem is the left leg and lower back," Eadie said. "I've undertaken some stress tests and ultrasounds but there is no obvious injury. I think the only way I am going to fully mend the leg is to take a complete break. I've always had deadlines to meet, World Championships, World Cups and Olympic Games so the body has not had a complete chance to heal.

"Taking all that into account, I'm confident with my decision. Just knowing I can release the pressure valve a bit will help no end," the dual Olympian stated. Eadie, who was to compete at last week's Australian National Track Championships, has had a bad run of injuries since winning his 2002 World Sprint Championship and the lead into last year's Olympics didn't help his cause either.

Eadie said that he hasn't finished with the sport just yet. "I want to go to the Melbourne Commonwealth Games," he said when asked about his next goals. "I want to be in the best possible shape I can be in, something like I was in 2002 wouldn't be too bad. It's not that I have anything to prove, but I would just love to finish my career in front of a home crowd without all the dramas I had to endure prior to the 2004 Athens Olympics. I want my legs and bike to say the last words on behalf of Sean Eadie."

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