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Khwela doubt for 2012

South Africa’s Commonwealth Games silver medallist in the women’s vault, Jennifer Khwela, is facing a race against time to be fit to compete in next year’s London Olympics.

The young KwaZulu-Natalian gymnast sustained a knee injury and will undergo surgery to repair the damage in Cape Town on Friday. She will be out of action for around six months which means that her chances of qualifying for the 2012 Games are hanging by a thread.

Under new qualification guidelines, gymnasts will have two opportunities to qualify: the first being at the World Championships (in October) and the second at a test event in January 2012.

The second qualification for Olympics is required by the International Olympic Committee in order to provide a second opportunity for athletes who, for reasons such as injury, were unable to participate in the only qualifying competition ÔÇô the World Championships.

For Khwela, and South Africa, the news is not good at this stage.


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