Juan Diego Flórez is the Usain Bolt of bizarre sicknotes. Yes, he's beaten his own world record. Once again, he's swallowed something he should never have admitted into his gob in the first place.
His last champion excuse was "a throat infection caused by a fish bone he swallowed".
But even that one, unlikely as it sounds, has been trumped by his latest misadventure.
"A strong single cough after swallowing some sea water" has broken a small blood vessel on a vocal cord. And that means, like Jonas Kaufmann, JDF won't be joining Teatro Comunale di Bologna's imminent tour of Japan.