July 22, 2005

U.S. diver Davis escapes major injury

MONTREAL (Reuters) - American Chelsea Davis is expected to
be released from hospital later on Friday and could return to
the diving competition at the world swimming championships
despite a spectacular accident during the preliminary round of
three-meter springboard.

After slamming face first into the board attempting a 2 1/2
somersault, the 17-year-old tumbled into the pool and laid
motionless face down in water with blood streaming from her
nose as U.S. coaching staff jumped to her aid.

Davis was taken to a on-site medical center where she was
examined and immediately transferred to a Montreal hospital.

Tests showed no major injuries and the swimmer was expected
to be released later on Friday.

"She's moving all her extremities," said U.S. diving team
leader Robert Rudze. "We stabilized her for precaution. She
never lost consciousness. She will probably need stitches on
the bridge of her nose.

"Her parents and boyfriend are with her and if everything
is negative she will have dinner with us tonight."

Despite the dramatic incident that shocked spectators and
left several near tears Davis has not been ruled out from
competing in the three-meter synchronized event on Sunday.

She was scheduled to partner veteran Laura Ann Wilkinson,
gold medallist in the 10m platform.