World all-around bronze medalist Yao Jinnan is struggling with an injured thigh, Chinese coaches said in London, where the 2012 Olympic Games officially began Friday.
Yao has aggravated an injury to her left thigh muscle, but will not be replaced by an alternate. She is being treated with pain relief and acupuncture, according to media reports.
Yao had a breakout performance at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, where she won the silver medal on balance beam, and bronze medals with the team and in the all-around.
She noticably struggled in podium training on Thursday, however, when did she did not do full difficulty on floor exercise.
On Friday, Chinese head coach Lu Shanzhen said Yao was already better than the previous day, and that he was hopeful the injury would improve further before Sunday's qualification.
China, the defending Olympic champion from 2008, was relying on Yao's all-around strength. With strong performances from Romania, Russia and the United States, China could finish out of the medals in London.
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