|An ankle injury has forced two-time world champion Diego Hypolito (Brazil) out of the upcoming world gymnastics championships in Rotterdam.
Former world floor exercise champion Diego Hypolito (Brazil) will miss the upcoming world championships with an ankle injury.
The injured left ankle forced Hypolito out of the Pan American Championships in early September. He had hoped to recuperate in time for the world championships in October, but instead will undergo surgery and miss the rest of the season.
Hypolito, the 2005 and 2007 world champion on floor exercise, said he was disappointed by the development. This past spring, he won World Cup titles on floor exercise in Paris and Moscow.
"I am saddened by this situation, because 2010 was one of the best years of my career. For the first time, an injury will keep me out of an important competition," the 24 year old told Brazilian media. "The fact that I have to undergo surgery worries me because I will have to race against time to be well prepared for the pre-Olympic year next year."
Dr. Robson de Bem said an MRI determined surgery was necessary.
"Some bone fragments of the gymnast's left ankle broke off due to repetitive trauma in training, causing a chronic inflammation of the tendons and cartilage," de Bem said. "We performed more specific tests and found he had to undergo surgery. If he has surgery soon, we predict he can return to training 100 percent in January."
Hypolito is the most decorated South American gymnast in history. In addition to his world titles in 2005 and 2007, he won the silver medal on floor exercise at the 2006 World Championships. In early August, Hypolito and his older sister, Daniele Hypolito, both won the all-around titles at the Brazilian championships.
Though Hypolito was Brazil's best chance for a medal in Rotterdam, Brazilian gymnastics received some good news Tuesday as 2007 world all-around bronze medalist Jade Barbosa officially rejoined the national team. Barbosa missed the Pan American Championships and Ghent World Cup because her agent/father had not yet signed a new contract with the Brazilian federation. Barbosa had been absent from international competition since the 2008 Olympics, suffering from necrosis of the wrist, but finished third at the 2010 Brazilian Championships. Barbosa's father reportedly signed the contract Monday night.
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