BERLIN–Germany’s world discus champion Robert Harting is seeking a second opinion from the German team’s ski doctor to help cure a knee injury and avoid disruption to his plans for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The 26-year-old defended his world title in Daegu, South Korea, when he won the discus gold with a throw of 68.97 meters, having first been crowned champion two years before in Berlin.
He has been suffering with an inflamed tendon in his left knee for months so is seeking extra advice and wants to avoid surgery this autumn which could hamper his preparations for next year’s Olympic Games.
I’m not coming around to an operation, but I was examined in Heidelberg on Friday and you could see the tendon in the right knee has also been affected, he told German daily Bild.
The images from Harting’s MRI scan in Heidelberg will now go to Bernd Wolfarth, the head doctor of the German Ski Federation, for a second opinion.
Harting will then decide whether to undergo surgery, most likely in early November, which would give him plenty of time to prepare for London.