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Paula Findlay Withdraws From ITU Sydney Race

The hip injury that plagued Paula Findlay throughout 2011 may still be an issue.

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The hip injury that plagued Paula Findlay throughout 2011 may still be an issue.

Paula Findlay’s right hip injury has flared up and she has returned to Canada on the eve of the first major race this Olympic year, Triathlon Canada confirmed Wednesday.

The 22-year-old Edmontonian has pre-qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and seemingly had regained her form and fitness after a muscle tear suffered late last June derailed her 2011 season.

Now this, and just days before the first stop on the World Triathlon Series circuit in Sydney, Australia.

Which is tough news for a splendid young athlete who burst onto the international scene with back-to-back World Triathlon Series victories in London and Kitzbuhel, Austria, two summers ago. She followed that by winning the first three WTS races in 2011, in Sydney, Madrid and Kitzbuhel, soaring to No. 1 in the world rankings.

“I guess it is (bad news),” said Alan Trivett, Triathlon Canada’s executive director, by telephone from Sydney. “On the other hand, the reason we chose to pre-qualify her for London is so she could pick and choose the races that fit her schedule.”

Read more: Canada.com

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