Two-time world floor exercise champion Diego Hypolito (Brazil) will sit out this weekend's international event in São Bernardo following recent knee surgery, but plans to compete again before the month is up.
Hypolito, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right meniscus March 16, resumed training April 9 following two weeks of physical therapy.
Diego Hypolito (Brazil)
"The movement is completely perfect, even better than the other knee," Hypolito, 25, told a Brazilian newspaper. "I don't have any pain. I was very dedicated during the recovery period, not losing any focus."
The oft-operated-on Brazilian said his fifth surgery went well. His past operations included knee and foot surgeries, as well as another meniscus repair on the same knee before the 2008 Olympics.
"This surgery was fairly simple, similar to 2008," he said of his recent repair. "But it's important to note that this time, the recovery was very good, even better than 2008. I started physical therapy the same day. The incision site is the same for the meniscus. But I found that my body responded much better. It's not so swollen, there's no edema, which was could have hindered the recovery."
Hypolito is scheduled to compete April 27-29 at the FIG Challenger Cup in Osijek, Croatia. He will be on hand in São Bernardo to cheer on his teammates and sister Daniele Hypolito at this weekend's tournament, which features gymnasts from Argentina, Canada, Colombia, France, Korea, Portugal and Venezuela.
Hypolito is training at the new national training center in Rio de Janeiro, which officially opened April 4. The gym, centered in a velodrome, cost R$450,000 (approximately $250,000) to convert the space and purchase equipment from Spieth.
"The gym is excellent," Hypolito said of the new facility. "I was very thrilled the first time I saw it. It's a great happiness. We never would have imagined a center with Olympic standards. If it's not the best gym in the world yet, it will be, because everything we've asked for they are putting in."
The Brazilian women qualified a full team to this summer's Olympic Games in London. The Brazilian men narrowly missed qualifying a full team to London, though Hypolito, Arthur Zanetti and another individual to be named will attend.
"The goal is to offer the best for our athletes to prepare not only for London but also for the 2016 Olympics," said Carlos Nuzman, president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, on the new training center. "We needed this space to not only give a great leap forward to the 2016 Olympics, but to help in this final stretch of preparation for London."
Hypolito, sixth on floor exercise at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, said he is not discouraged by going under the knife so soon before the Olympic Games.
"I have not considered this a hardship — quite the contrary," he said. "It's just motivated me even more to rise up and meet the challenge. I'm returning to training with great dedication and will do everything to achieve my greatest dream in London, which is to win an Olympic medal. If this happens, I want to make sure that I did my best."
External Link: Brazilian Gymnastics Confederation