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Martina Navratilova suspends Mt. Kilimanjaro climb

December 10, 2010 |  7:07 am

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, left, shares a moment with German Paralympic cyclist Michael Teuber during their charity attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro. Navratilova suspended her climb after feeling unwell

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has suspended her first attempt to climb Tanzania's 19,340-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro after feeling unwell on the fourth day of the ascent.

Navratilova, 54, was assisted down the mountain by porters and driven to the nearby Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre for assessment. The statement released by Laureus, the sponsor of the climb, said Navratilova was in good spirits as she left the campsite at Horombo but disappointed to have to leave the mountain.

The nine-time Wimbledon champion, who was leading a team of 27 climbers to raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation charity, had reached 14,763 feet during the day, the highest point of the climb so far.

The Laureus team has faced unseasonal weather of blizzards and mists during their ascent, which began Monday. The rest of the team, which includes German Paralympic cyclist Michael Teuber and British Olympic badminton star Gail Emms, are continuing with the climb and are expected to reach the summit on Saturday.

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Photo: Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, left, and German Paralympic cyclist Michael Teuber during their charity attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro. Navratilova suspended her climb after feeling unwell. Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images


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