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Britain's Downie Out with Achilles Injury
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2008 Olympian Becky Downie (Great Britain) is expected to miss the first half of 2011 after suffering an Achilles injury, British Gymnastics announced.

British Olympian Becky Downie suffered an Achilles injury that likely will keep her out of competition for the first half of the year, British Gymnastics announced Saturday.

Downie, who turned 19 on Monday, finished 16th all-around at the 2009 Worlds in London, but performed bars and beam only at the 2010 Worlds in Rotterdam.

British Gymnastics did not reveal if Downie's injury will require surgery, but stated that the gymnast suffered the injury in training.

"I am of course very disappointed to have suffered from this injury but remain very positive about the future," Downie said in a statement, "and am looking ahead to working hard with the British Gymnastics Medical Team to ensure that I do everything I can to be in a position to return strongly, and continue my journey towards London 2012."

Downie is a six-time British all-around champion at three levels: espoir (2004, 2005), junior (2006, 2007) and senior (2008, 2009). She is coached by Claire Starkey at Nottingham Gymnastics Club.

At the 2010 Europeans in Birmingham, Downie was a member of the British women's team that took a historic silver medal behind Russia and ahead of Romania.

"This is very disappointing news," British performance director Tim Jones said, "particularly at such a positive time for everyone involved in the successes of British Gymnastics. However we are making sure that she receives the very best medical care to ensure a full and timely return to fitness."

Downie is the third Olympian to suffer an Achilles injury in as many weeks. Germans Fabian Hambüchen and Anja Brinker each tore Achilles tendons earlier this month.

External Link: Becky Downie Official Website

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