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Old 12-30-2005, 09:41 PM   #43
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Luo Collapses in Training http://www.swimnews.com/News/displayStory.jhtml?id=4100

Concerns are growing for the health of Luo Xuejuan, China's Olympic champion over 100m breaststroke, who collapsed while weight training on Christmas Eve and prompted Chinese doctors to call for her to be hospitalised for a "thorough check-up".

No such check-up has taken place, The Times understands. It is at least the fourth time in 18 months that Luo has collapsed while training and at the end of races. At the Olympic Games in Athens she completed the breaststroke leg of the 4x100 metres relay before slumping on to the lane rope. She had to be lifted from the pool and escorted away by medical staff. Having won the 100 metres title, she subsequently withdrew from the 200 metres event.

Before the world championships in Montreal this summer, Luo, 21, had to stop training on a number of occasions, saying she felt faint and had problems breathing. She also collapsed after getting out of the pool following a semi-final at the National Games last year. Officials had to carry her to the medical centre where she was revived.

Zhang Yadong, Luo's personal coach and the head coach to China, flew from Hangzhou to Beijing to be with his and China's most successful swimmer when informed of her condition.

He told the Chinese state media: "The team doctor told me there was no big problem with Luo Xuejuan. But I could not be at ease. I was afraid something might happen." However, yesterday Zhang, the Chinese swimming association and Luo played down her condition. As a precaution Luo would simply "withdraw from some competitions" in 2006.

"We think it is just due to a lack of potassium in her diet," Zhang told state media. "But I will be talking to her soon and I will suggest that she cuts back on training and opts out of some of the events she had planned to enter."

However, medical sources inside China and close to Fina, the international governing body for swimming, said that potassium would not account for Luo collapsing. "It does not sound like this condition is caused by a lack of potassium," a Chinese doctor told media in Beijing. "She has collapsed before so she should be admitted to hospital and put through a thorough medical investigation."

Another medical source said: "It is highly unlikely to be dietary. This is a swimmer who undertakes massive amounts of work in water and in the gym, by all accounts. This has happened so many times before that we have to wonder why her doctors have not provided, or been allowed to provide, a plausible explanation.

Zhang, meanwhile, has just brought together 130 swimmers, some 40 coaches, doctors and officials in Beijing to work as the national team that will produce China's Olympic team in 2008. His aim is for China to win "three gold medals and a couple of silver or bronze"


I hope she gets well soon
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