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Rafael Fente-Damers dislocates shoulder celebrating qualifying for Olympics

Rafael Fuente-Dammer finished second in the 100-meter freestyle final at the French Olympic Trials on Tuesday, booking his place at the Paris Olympics, but the teenager’s joy came at the cost of a shoulder injury.

Fuente-Damer, who finished runner-up to Maxime Gourset in Chartres and was selected for France’s 4x100m relay team, recorded a personal best of 48.14 seconds, beating his Olympic qualifying time of 48.34 seconds.

Immediately after the race, the 17-year-old was seen excitedly slapping the water and then clutching his left shoulder in pain.

France’s Maxime Gourset (left) reacts next to fellow swimmer Rafael Fuente Dameres after the men’s 100m freestyle final at the French Aquatics Championships. AFP via Getty Images
French swimmer Raphael Fuente Dameres reacts after dislocating his shoulder after the men’s 100m freestyle final during the 2024 French Aquatics Championships in Chartres, central France, on June 18, 2024. AFP via Getty Images

He was later photographed on the podium with his arm in a sling, and L’Equipe reported that he had dislocated his shoulder and was taken to hospital.

“I’m waiting for him in the relay and I hope it goes well,” said Gurset, who helped Fuente-Damaz out of the pool after the race to the attention of medical staff.

Injured French swimmer Raphael Fuente Dameres (right) waits and watches ahead of the awards ceremony following the men’s 100m freestyle final at the French Aquatics Championships. AFP via Getty Images
(From left) Rafael Fuente Damerles of France (2nd place), Maxime Gourset of France (1st place) and Adrien Salvan of France (3rd place) celebrate on the podium after the men’s 100m freestyle final. AFP via Getty Images

“He’s a little crazy, but that’s what’s great about him. He’s not afraid of anything, and I think he’ll only get better from here.”

Pool events at the Paris Olympics will take place at the La Défense Arena in Paris from July 27 to August 4.

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