Three-time world pommel horse medalist Prashanth Sellathurai (Australia) told IG he remains patient and eager as he recovers from surgery to repair an injured shoulder that hampered him throughout 2013.
World medalist Prashanth Sellathurai
Despite falling to eighth place on his specialty at last fall's world championships in Antwerp, the 27-year-old Sellathurai said the routine he performed in qualifications there was the highlight of his year.
"I had been struggling in training and competition the whole season, so it was a nice surprise to make the routine and qualify for finals," he said. "I have had surgery on my shoulder since then, so hopefully that will improve it. There was not really any other problem. I was just struggling to make skills and routines with my shoulder the way it was."
Sellathurai finished second on pommel horse at the 2006 Worlds, and third on pommel horse at the 2009 and 2010 Worlds. He is the reigning Commonwealth Games champion on pommel horse from the 2010 Games in Sri Lanka, where he also helped the Australian men win team gold.
Sellathurai said he will focus on academics and gymnastics this year. He is studying radiography, and is not likely to resume training for at least six months.
"I don't think there is anything that will help me return," he said. "I don't even think I will be at worlds this year. It depends on how my shoulder recovers. Hopefully by 2015 I will be back to competing at that level."
Almost a month into 2014, Sellathurai is holding off on observing the start of the new year because of Sri Lankan customs. He was born in Australia to parents who emigrated from Sri Lanka.
"Sri Lankan new year is based on a lunar calendar, so that makes New Year's Day the 14th of April for us," he said "I will celebrate it then."
Sellathurai is avoiding new year's resolutions, though.
"I don't really have any, except to have more new years," he told IG.
International Gymnast magazine's recent coverage of Australian gymnasts includes:
Alexandra Croak chat (November 2009)
"Aussie Long Shot" - Daria Joura profile (July/August 2012)
Coach Peggy Liddick interview (January/February 2011)
"Late Bloomer" - Amelia McGrath profile (October 2010)
"Golden Surprise" - Lauren Mitchell cover story (January/February 2011)
Lauren Mitchell interview (March 2008)
Lisa Skinner chat (September 2010)
"10 Questions with Naoya Tsukahara" - interview (September 2013)
"10 Questions with Olivia Vivian" - interview (March 2011)
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