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Golden boy Hamman on the mend after surgery

By Mark Etheridge

Less than six weeks ago Reinhardt Hamman was on a high after his javelin gold at the Rio Paralympics.
Now he finds himself on the mend after knee surgery which will hopefully see him come back stronger than ever.
Cape Town’s Hamman (pictured with mom and huge suppporter Vivienne, above) won gold in the F38 category, one of 17 medals that Team South Africa brought back from the Games.
But it was a painful path to glory for the likeable thrower as he competed in pain for much of the event.
‘I started having issues with my left knee in Berlin in July this year,’ Hamman said as his recovery progressed.
‘We thought that it was my quad that was tight but after four weeks of treating my left quad I was still having issues. My knee was just getting worse by the day. I then arrived in Rio with a terribly painful knee and had to ice it every time I time left the village.
‘During my event in Rio I was in huge pain. I was then taken to the polyclinic in the athletes village to undergo an MRI and there they discovered that my patella (kneecap) was in two pieces.’ Herman was born that way and to the untrained eye it appeared broken.
Hamman still found the power to hurl his way to gold, though, but on arriving back in Cape Town he was forced to take drastic action.
‘I went to see my sports doctor, prof. Wayne Derman. He had a look at the MRI and suggested I see dr. Richard von Bormann and after a good discussion with him, I decided on surgery as that would be the best way for me to be pain-free.’
Last week he went under the knife at Blouberg Nectar. ‘It went fantastically well. I may be in so much pain now, but that is temporary. I now face eight weeks of rehab.’
They removed a piece of the kneecap and re-allocated the medial ligament.
‘After rehab I’ll then start training for Nationals and IPC Athletics World Championships in London in July.
‘Training will start 1 January, for nationals and world champs!’


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