Uchimura Diagnosed with Partial Tear in Ankle Ligament
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Two-time Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura has been diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his ankle, the Japanese Gymnastic Association announced Tuesday evening.

Two-time Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura has been diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his ankle, the Japanese Gymnastic Association announced Tuesday evening.

Uchimura suffered the injury on vault during Monday's qualification competition at the world championships in Montreal, and was forced to withdraw from the competition after three routines. He underwent an MRI and X-ray on his ankle today and was found to have an incomplete tear in his anterior talofibular ligament of his left ankle— one of the most commonly injured ligament involved in ankle sprains. Uchimura is expected to recover in about to two to three weeks.

Uchimura, 28, had been aiming for his seventh consecutive world title. He has been undefeated since taking second place at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

External Link: Japan Gymnastic Association

 

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