Injured Gymnast Teng Haibin leaves London Olympics
London, July 26 (IANS) China’s 2004 Athens Games champion Teng Haibin has pulled out of the London Olympics gymnastics competition with an arm injury.
Teng, the 2004 gold medallist who missed out on the Beijing Games, picked up the injury during the team’s training in Northern Ireland. His place will be taken by Guo Weiyang.
Teng burst into tears after realising his Olympic dream was over, Xinhua reported.
“It’s a challenge for us in the London Games with a series of injuries hampering our effort to win the team title, but I haven’t lost confidence in the Chinese team,” he said.
China’s head coach Huang Yubin said: “Once one bad thing happens, many other things become more difficult. Now, I’m very worried about the Games.”
China’s men won seven of eight golds in the men’s artistic gymnastics events in Beijing but have played down their chances of a repeat in London.