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Injured Coria misses Olympic games


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- World tennis number three Guillermo Coria has pulled out of this month's Olympic Games because of a nagging shoulder injury.

French Open finalist Coria had been hoping to win a gold medal for Argentina but instead will have to spend more time nursing his sore shoulder.

"I had a big dream and didn't want to miss it for anything," Coria told reporters. "I am disappointed because I thought it was okay."

Coria was forced to retire from his first-round match at the Toronto Masters last week because of the injury.

He will be replaced in the men's draw by the 40th ranked Mariano Zabaleta, who reached the last 16 at the 2000 Sydney Games.

French Open winner Gaston Gaudio and world number five David Nalbandian will now spearhead the Argentine campaign in Athens.


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