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McCain Scratches From All-Around

September 20, 2000

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ American Stephen McCain withdrew from Wednesday’s individual all-around competition at the Olympics because of a badly sprained ankle.

He will be replaced by Alejandro Barrenechea of Spain.

McCain sprained his right ankle during a pre-Olympic training camp 2 1/2 weeks ago, and U.S. coach Peter Kormann wasn’t sure he’d be able to compete until three days before the team competition began.

McCain did compete, but reinjured the ankle while vaulting during Monday’s team finals. He landed short and jammed his ankle into the mat, grimacing in pain as he tried to stand.

Though he sat on the mat for several minutes, he told Kormann he was OK and continued with the competition.

The United States finished fifth in the team finals.

Five-time national champion Blaine Wilson and Paul Hamm are the other Americans in the all-around.

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