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Australian swimmer Rice to focus on world titles after shoulder surgery

08-30-2010 15:57 BJT

CANBERRA, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Triple Olympic swimming champion Stephanie Rice of Australia will go under the surgeon's knife in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Stephanie Rice of Australia celebrates on the podium after the women's 200m individual medley swimming final at the World Championships in Rome July 27, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)
Stephanie Rice of Australia celebrates on the podium 
after the women's 200m individual medley swimming final 
at the World Championships in Rome July 27, 2009.
(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

The operation is needed to fix the shoulder injury that ruled her out of the Delhi Commonwealth Games in India.

Rice announced tearfully during the Pan Pacific championships in California 10 days ago that she had succumbed to the long-standing bursitis in her shoulder and would be unable to compete in Delhi.

She returned to Australia with the national team last week and wasted no time booking the surgery so she can recover quickly and get back into training for next year's world titles in Shanghai and the London Olympics in 2012.

"She's still very down about missing Delhi, but I think she's hopeful that this will be the answer to her problems," Rice's coach, Michael Bohl told The Australian newspaper on Monday.

The swimmer has barely been able to train since April, when the shoulder inflammation flared.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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