Navratilova forced to quit Kilimanjaro charity climb

2010-12-10 09:22

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has fallen short in her first attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania after feeling unwell on the fourth day of the ascent.

Navratilova was assisted down the mountain by porters and driven to the nearby Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre for assessment, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation said today.

The charity organisation said the 54-year-old, a winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, was in good spirits as she left the campsite at Horombo, but was disappointed to leave the mountain.

She was leading a team of 27 climbers to raise funds for Laureus and had reached 4 500m during the day.

The rest of the team will continue with the climb and will hopefully reach the summit tomorrow.  

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