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Hamm Undergoes Hand Surgery
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2004 Olympic all-around champion Paul Hamm (U.S.) underwent surgery Tuesday afternoon on his broken right hand.

"The surgery went perfectly and we are already ahead of schedule," Hamm said through his agent, Sheryl Shade.

Hamm, who broke the hand Thursday at the U.S. Championships in Houston, selected Dr. Lawrence Lubbers of the Ohio State Medical Center to perform the operation. Lubbers inserted a plate and nine screws in Hamm's hand.

On the last event of the first night of the championships, Hamm suffered the injury while performing a stutz to one bar on parallel bars. Hamm, who after the first day led the competition by nearly four points, broke the fourth metacarpal in his right hand.

The 25-year-old Hamm is petitioning directly to the U.S. Olympic team for Beijing. He is scheduled to begin rehabilitation on the hand Thursday. Recovery is expected to take four to six weeks.

Source: Associated Press

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