Monday July 28, 2008
UNDATED (AP) -- Paul Hamm won't be going to China, after
all. The reigning Olympic gold medalist says he's withdrawing from
the U.S. gymnastics team because his broken right hand is not
healthy enough for him to compete in Beijing.
Hamm broke his hand May 22nd at the national championships, just
11 weeks before the start of the games. He had surgery five days
later and pushed his recovery in hopes he'd be healthy enough to
help the Americans get back on the podium and defend his gold
medal. The accelerated comeback resulted in an injury to his
Hamm's announcement comes just two days before the U.S. men are
scheduled to leave for China, where the competition gets under way
August 9th. One of three alternates will take his place: Sasha
Artemev, David Durante or Raj Bhavsar.
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