Jammed finger forces Adrian out of winter nationals

Olympic champion Nathan Adrian of Bremerton pulled out of the finals of the 50-yard freestyle Thursday at the Winter Nationals in Austin, Texas.

Adrian jammed his right pinkie finger on a lane rope while warming down after the morning preliminaries, according to a report on swimswam.com.

“Sad news but I don’t want to hurt it any more!” Adrian wrote on Twitter.

Adrian said the finger is not broken. Adrian told Swimming World’s Jeff Commings that he was out of the rest of the meet.

Adrian had posted the fastest time of the day, and a meet record, of 18.82 seconds and was the favorite to win the title and possibly break his American record of 18.66.

Adrian, who won two golds and a silver medal at the London Games this summer, was also scheduled to swim in Saturday’s 100 freestyle.

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