Morgan Hamm to miss Olympics due to injury

Society Materials 8 August 2008 08:40 (UTC +04:00)

United States gymnast Morgan Hamm will miss the Beijing Olympics after failing to recover from an ankle injury in time, the dpa reported.

The 26-year-old has struggled with an inflamed left ankle and will be replaced by Sasha Artemev. Hamm tested positive for glucocorticosteroid, a cortisone-like anti-inflammatory, in May but the gymnastics federation FIG cleared him of doping.

Hamm's twin brother Paul, the all-around Olympic champion from Athens, already pulled out of this year's games with a shoulder injury.