BEIJING, China, July 19. JUST days before the World Championships begin in Montreal, Luo Xuejuan’s condition for the event is less than 100 percent. The reigning world titlist in the 50 and 100 breast events, Luo recently suffered a sprained left ankle outside of her training facility in Beijing. The 21-year-old has tried to battle through the injury.
While the ankle injury was manageable, Luo had an allergic reaction to pain medication and encountered stomach ailments that prevented her from some training sessions. According to her coach, Zhang Yadong, Luo has resumed her workouts. Aside from winning two individual titles at the 2003 World Championships, she was the victor in the 50 and 100 breast races at the 2001 World Champs.
The reigning Olympic titlist in the 100 breast, Luo will receive some major competition at the Montreal World Champs, where she’ll clash with the likes of the United States’ Tara Kirk and Jessica Hardy and the Australian duo of Leisel Jones and Brooke Hanson. Luo is also a major player in China’s hopes for a medal finish in the 400 medley relay.