Severe foot injuries sideline Izbasa

Updated: September 18, 2009, 12:27 PM ET
Associated Press

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Olympic gold medalist Sandra Izbasa snapped her Achilles tendon and will miss the world gymnastics championships.

The 19-year-old gymnast also broke a bone in her foot during training Thursday in Buzau.

Romanian Gymnastics Federation chairman Adrian Stoica says it will take Izbasa "months, years even, to recover."

She was taken to Bucharest after the injury and will have surgery on Monday.

Izbasa won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the floor exercise and won bronze in the team event.

The world championships will be held Oct. 13-18 in London.


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