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Tamârjan Out of Worlds with Leg Fracture
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Romania's Ana Maria Tamârjan will miss the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart after fracturing her leg Wednesday in podium training.

Ana Maria Tamârjan

Tamârjan was training on uneven bars when she slipped from the bar and hit her knee to her mouth, Romanian head coach Nicolae Forminte told Romanian newspaper Prosport.

"The worlds are over for her," Forminte said.

Tamârjan was ranked fourth on the Romanian team, behind Steliana Nistor, Sandra Izbasa and Catalina Ponor and ahead of newcomer Cerasela Patrascu and 2006 world team member Daniela Druncea.

Alternate Andreea Grigore will now take Tamârjan's place in the lineup when Romania competes Saturday in the team qualification, Forminte said.

"It won't be the same routine but we don't have another solution," he said. "I hope we survive Saturday's qualification. After that it will be easy."

At the 2006 Worlds, the Romanian team was fourth, finishing out of the medals for the first time since the 1981 World Championships. The Romanian women have won seven world team titles, including five consecutive titles between 1994 and 2001.

Tamârjan is not the first gymnast to sustain a serious injury while training in Stuttgart. Japan's Takehiro Kashima broke his hand training on pommel horse on Aug. 23 and Canada's Kyle Shewfelt broke both his legs Monday on floor exercise.

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