Russian Biathlon Star Back After Double Leg Break
Double Leg Break
Last Update: 05 June 2012, 02:58
Russian biathlete Ivan Cherezov has recovered faster than expected from surgery to remove a steel plate holding his leg together after a double break in a September accident, the sport's union said Monday. The plate was inserted in Cherezovs leg after he broke his tibia and fibula in a fall during the first race of the Russian national summer championships. Months after emergency surgery, Cherezov slowly resumed training, and attended the team's training base in January, where doctors were impressed with his sharpness. He recovered sufficiently to take part in March's 8th stage of IBU World Cup in Altenberg, Germany, finishing 21st. But Cherezov, 31, had psychological problems competing with the plate, a foreign body, still in his leg, said Sergey Kushchenko, executive director of the Russian Biathlon Union. Vanya (Ivan) started to feel that something was wrong with him, Kushchenko said. The bone was all right, everything was ready, but it was all in his head. Once I even saw him limping and asked what was wrong, and he answered that he had no idea. Doctors decided to remove the plate last month, and Cherezov has made startling progress since, Kushchenko said. "It all cleared up very quickly. We had been resigned to a much longer term (of recovery)," he said. The three-time world champion is to join the national team's summer training camp, which starts Tuesday in the Finnish town of Vuokatti. Cherezov was a silver and bronze relay medalist in the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. "Rianovosti"