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Swim: Australia’s Jodie Henry a doubt for Beijing Olympics

Sample ImageAustralian triple Olympic gold medallist Jodie Henry is in danger of missing the Beijing Games due to a illness that is causing her severe abdominal pain, it was reported yesterday.
Henry, 24, will hold talks with national head coach Alan Thompson on Thursday to decide if she will take part in Olympic selection trials being held next month, the Australian newspaper reported.
It said the condition had prevented the freestyler from training properly for three months and predicted it was "increasingly likely" Henry would withdraw from the trials.
The Daily Telegraph reported that a medical specialist had found Henry had an imbalance in the muscle group around her pelvis which was causing her severe pain and making her reliant on painkillers to get through training sessions.
Her manager Tony Box told the newspaper that rectifying the condition would require intense physiotherapy that would not be complete before the trials, the only avenue to qualify for the Games in August.
"There is a risk that she will miss the trials," Box was quoted as saying. "It's definitely a fair call to say she's doubtful.
"The good news is that it can't get any worse because we are treating it, but the bad news is it won't get better in a hurry.
"It would most likely be 90 percent fine by August, but obviously March is the first consideration," he said.
"Realistically, with her training and lack of base, if it means that it's a waste of time (preparing for trials), she might be better off stopping now and starting a programme to get set for the next goal."
Box said that even if Henry did not make it to the Beijing Olympics, she was not considering retirement.
"She said she doesn't want to go out this way," he said.


TTennis: Sweden’s Persson says China invincible at worlds

Swedish veteran Jorgen Persson said China were virtually impossible to beat at the world team table tennis championships as the Red Army notched up their third straight win yesterday.
Persson said main challengers South Korea and Germany were depleted teams after the withdrawal of key players with injury before the tournament.
And China were always difficult to stop on home soil, the Swede added.
"I don't think so, especially at home," the former world champion said when asked if the Chinese juggernaut could be halted.
"Normally South Korea have a chance but their number two player is not here, so they are a little weak," the 41-year-old said.
"Germany also could normally have a chance to beat them but they are without Timo Boll here, so China will win for sure."
South Korea say they are confident of success here despite being without their number two, Oh Sang Eun, who has a shoulder injury. German star Boll announced before the championships that he was resting an inflamed knee.
Sweden, led by legend Jan-Ove Waldner and Persson, battled China for dominance over a decade from the late 1980s to the 1990s, and China's paddlers recently rated Waldner, now retired, their most fearsome competitor.
But the Europeans, fielding some younger and less experienced paddlers here, have suffered three straight defeats in their group.
"The younger players are getting better and better but they need to play big matches and also to win to gain more confidence," Persson said.
China, undefeated in this competition since 2000, boast the world's top four players in their team and are expected to dominate at the Olympics this year.