Reigning world-champion breaststroker Christian Sprenger is determined to shake off a major shoulder injury in time for what will likely be his last Olympic Games.
The 28-year-old fell apart at Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, failing to make the 100m breaststroke final and swimming three seconds under his personal best.
He blamed shoulder issues, which had started six weeks before the Games, but was unable to get the scans needed to diagnose the problem.
The injury, which turned out to be tearing inside his shoulder tendon, ruled him out of the Pan Pacific championships a month after his disappointing Glasgow performance.
After a shocker year, the two-time Olympic silver medallist says he’s facing four months out of the pool but is determined to beat the injury and finish his career on a high in Rio.
“I’ve got unfinished business but I want to make sure I am 100 per cent before I commit back to any racing or training,” said Sprenger, who was to be inducted into the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre Path of Champions on Tuesday night.
“(I’m) just making sure the time is right. I’ll give it a real solid effort to finish off my career.”
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