Melanie Schlanger withdraws from Barcelona 2013 due to a broken rib

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Sunshine Coast swimmer and Olympic gold medallist Melanie Schlanger has withdrawn from this month’s FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

Schlanger, who bagged one gold and two silver medals at the 2012 London Olympics, said an ongoing rib injury would keep her from travelling to Spain.

“I got a fractured rib about three weeks before nationals but decided to swim through the injury,” she said.

“That was very painful, but I still managed to qualify for the World Championships. Basically, I’ve been competing and training with the cracked rib ever since.”

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