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Artemev replaces Hamm on gymnastics team

Posted by John Powers, Globe Staff  August 7, 2008 12:02 PM

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Alexander Artemev, one of the two remaining alternates, has replaced Morgan Hamm on the US Olympic gymnastics team. Artemev, who has a chance to win a medal on pommel horse, the squad's weakest event, was chosen over David Durante to replace Hamm, who withdrew today after re-injuring an ankle.

"It's an honor to be on this team, but it's a shame that it had to happen this way with Morgan getting hurt," said the 22-year-old Artemev, a former US all-around champion. "He's a tremendous loss to this team."

Artemev, who was born in Belarus, is the son of Vladimir Artemev, a former Soviet all-around champion. He became a citizen in 2002.

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