Headed to London and the Olympic village, the defending champion Chinese gymnastics squads have finalized their rosters for the upcoming Olympic Games.
He Kexin has earned the fifth and final spot on the women's team, joining Deng Linlin, Huang Qiushuang, Sui Lu and Yao Jinnan in China's London lineup.
The Chinese squads have been training at Salto Gymnastics in Northern Ireland since mid-July. Team alternates will continue to train there until competition begins July 28, after which they will head back to Beijing if they are not called to London.
"As the alternates we need to make the team feel safe," men's alternate Yan Mingyong told CCTV. "It's already a huge pity not making the team, but I don't want to make the pity bigger by giving up training."
Yan, the 2009 world champion on still rings, came close to making the team after an injury scare to team captain Chen Yibing. Chen, the defending Olympic rings champion, suffered an injured meniscus training vault at Salto, but will likely concentrate on pommel horse and still rings in London.
The men's team went to Northern Ireland with its lineup finalized, but He, Jiang Yuyuan and Tan Sixin had been battling for the final spot on the women's squad. Having Deng and Sui on the team left a void on uneven bars, and the coaches eventually decided to take a risk with the spectacular yet inconsistent He.
Jiang — who along with Deng and He helped China win four years ago in Beijing — was in tears as she described her slim chances of competing in London.
"I think there is just a 20 to 30 percent chance of that miracle," said Jiang, the 2010 world all-around silver medalist. "But as long as I tried, it's fine."
Competition begins July 28 with the men's qualification.