Olympic hopeful hurt in hit and run

BY foxsports • September 29, 2011

Australian swimmer Kenrick Monk's preparations for next year's London Olympic Games are in turmoil after he was thrown from his push bike in a hit-and-run, The Courier-Mail reported Thursday.

Monk has suspected broken bones in his elbow and was due to meet a specialist surgeon to discuss his options.

The 200m freestyle swimmer has only 21 weeks to prepare for Australia's Olympic trials in Adelaide in March.

He was just minutes from where he trains in Indooroopilly, in Brisbane's southwest, on Wednesday when he believes he was deliberately hit by a car with provisional license plates.

"I believe it was done on purpose," Monk said in a statement issued by Swimming Australia. "I've made a statement to the police. I was really lucky."

Monk, 23, first represented Australia at a senior level in 2006 at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. He won gold as part of the 4x200m freestyle relay at the Delhi Commonwealth Games last year.

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