Romanian gymnast Ana Porgras will be in a cast for at least three weeks after injuring her leg at the European Championships in Birmingham, Romanian news media reported.
Romania's Ana Porgras arrived in Birmingham with an injured right ankle, and suffered a fracture in the team final.
Porgras, who had been complaining of right ankle pain prior to the competition, suffered the injury when landing her balance beam dismount (two flip flops to double pike) in Saturday's team finals. The 16 year old limped away from the beam in tears and was carried off the podium by head coach Nicolae Forminte.
The team returned to Bucharest on Monday night. X-rays taken Tuesday at Romania's National Center for Sports Medicine revealed a fracture in Porgras' right fibula, the exterior calf bone.
"The X-rays taken today shows a clearly visible crack which occurred during the landing. The day before the finals I did an MRI in the United Kingdom and the problem wasn't there," team doctor Oana Ioachim told newspaper "ProSport" on Tuesday. "Ana will have to wear the cast, but we haven't decided for how long. It will likely be for at least three weeks, but it also depends on how the situation evolves."
Porgras' elegant and difficult routine earned the highest beam score of the team final, 14.800, to help Romania win the bronze behind Russia and Great Britain.
Porgras was forced to withdraw from Sunday's finals on uneven bars, where she tied for the bronze at the 2009 Worlds, and balance beam, where she qualified first. She was replaced on balance beam by 15-year-old teammate Amelia Racea, who seized the moment to win Romania's only gold medal in the senior competition.
"You realize that it was not easy to sit and watch as others take medals," Forminte said of Porgras' disappointment.
Porgras said she was happy for Romania despite her own misfortune.
"I'm sorry I missed the finals because I knew what I could do," said Porgras, seventh all-around at the 2009 Worlds. "In the end, it was meant to be. I enjoyed Amelia's performance and I hope very much that I also gave her a little luck. She kept fighting and won a very important medal for Romania. If I had competed I do not know if I would have been able to do as much."
Click here to watch video of Porgras' top-scoring beam routine in Birmingham.