Denise Lewis

Published : May 10, 2003 00:00 IST

Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Denise Lewis (Pic. AP) will make her long-awaited comeback at the European Cup in Estonia in July. Lewis has not competed in a heptathlon since her Sydney 2000 triumph, after taking time out for the birth of her daughter.

But the 30-year-old is back in full training under the guidance of Frank Dick, who began coaching her last summer.

The meeting in Tallinn will give the first major indication of her progress as she sets her sights on retaining her title in Athens next year.

"We'll find out a lot more after the European Cup," said Lewis coach Frank Dick. "I don't think she will be in the kind of shape to set a personal best this year. But I think she can break her personal best in the future and the aim is to try and get her in PB shape for next year."

Lewis divides her time between her home in Belgium, which she shares with partner Patrick Stevens and daughter Lauryn, and her north London home.

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