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Injured Bretschneider Aims for 'Realistic' Quick Recovery
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German high-bar sensation Andreas Bretschneider, who ruptured his right Achilles' tendon earlier this month, told IG he hopes to recover in time for the world championships later this year.

German high-bar sensation Andreas Bretschneider, who ruptured his right Achilles' tendon earlier this month, told IG he hopes to recover in time for the world championships later this year.

Bretschneider suffered the injury on March 7 while warming up on floor exercise at the National Team Cup in Saarbrücken.

"It was a shock for me when I realized that something really bad happened to me," Bretschneider said. "But now I am working hard to reach my goal, the world championships in Glasgow at the end of October."

Bretschneider was a member of Germany's fourth-place team at the European championships in Sofia last May, and its eighth-place team at worlds in Nanning last October.

At the DTB Team Cup in Stuttgart last November, Bretschneider became the first gymnast to perform a double-twisting Kovacs on high bar in competition. The skill now bears his name in the FIG's Code of Points, and is the first element in the Code to earn a difficulty level of 'H, the highest possible ranking.

The day after the injury, Bretschneider underwent surgery in Chemnitz. He said he is optimistic about competing at the world championships taking place this fall in Glasgow.

"I think it is a realistic goal, which is possible for me," he told IG.

International Gymnast magazine's recent features on German gymnasts include:

"Tough Lesson" - Janine Berger interview (October 2012)
Kim Bui interview (April 2013)
Maike Enderle profile (September 2014)
"Renaissance Man" – Fabian Hambüchen cover story (December 2013)
"New View from the Top" - Lisa Katharina Hill profile (July/August 2013)
"Leaps and Bounds for Germany" - Nadine Jarosch profile (January/February 2012)
"Silver Streak" – Marcel Nguyen interview (November 2012)
"Quick Chat: Pauline Schäfer" (January/February 2015)
"Calm, Clean Style" - Sophie Scheder profile (December 2013)

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