An injured heel has left Romanian star Larisa Iordache questionable to compete all four events at the Olympic Games in London.
An injured heel has left Romanian star Larisa Iordache questionable to compete all four events at the Olympic Games, which open Friday in London.
Iordache has developed plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation, in her left heel. Romanian coach Mariana Bitang told media there is a "50 percent chance" the Iordache would be able to do all four events in London.
The development is a heavy blow to the Romanian women's team, which was gaining momentum following a victory at the European championships in May. Iordache was expected to challenge for the all-around gold medal, as well as individual titles on balance beam and floor exercise.
"It's very, very difficult," Bitang said. "She was the most important piece of the team."
Iordache was unable to train fully during Thursday's podium training at the North Greenwich Arena. She trained full sets on uneven bars, but vaulted only a Yurchenko full instead of the Amanar she has been preparing. Iordache, the reigning European champion on floor exercise, was only able to tumble a back tuck on floor exercise.
The Romanian team had been treating Iordache's pain with anti-inflammatory medication and ultrasound therapy. The pain persisted, and Iordache underwent an MRI in London, revealing the fasciitis.
The Romanian women compete in the fifth and final qualification session on Sunday evening. Iordache and the Romanian team must now play the waiting game to see what she is able to do in competition.
"We don't know what will happen — it depends how things go after this," Bitang said following podium training. "If she's fine, she will do all events to qualify to the all-around final. It's hard to say now."