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ATHLETICS: PEAK-A-BOO; Denise hits form in time for World bid.

OLYMPIC heptathlon champ Denise Lewis yesterday achieved the qualifying mark for next month's World Championships in Paris.

In her first competition since winning gold in Sydney in 2000, Lewis amassed 6282 points at the Spar European Cup of Combined Events in Tallinn, Estonia - well ahead of the cut-off mark of 6105.

Lewis, who finished second behind Sweden's Carolina Kluft also led the British women's team to victory and promotion to next year's Super League.

She said: "My overnight score of 3658 wasn't quite as high as I wanted but I knew what I had to do."

Lewis put her qualification beyond any doubt with a magnificent throw of 49.57metres in the javelin - the penultimate event of the contest.

Although qualifying for Paris was her main target over the weekend, Lewis was also determined to lend her experience to the British team's challenge for promotion to the Spar European Super League.

And the team's overall total of 18,239 points gave them an easy win ahead of the Netherlands (17,346) and Italy with 17,197.
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Date:Jul 7, 2003
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