Romanian star Larisa Iordache will miss the upcoming Olympic qualification event due to a broken finger, the Romanian Gymnastics Federation reported Wednesday.
Romanian star Larisa Iordache is expected to miss the upcoming Olympic qualification event after breaking her finger, the Romanian Gymnastics Federation reported Wednesday.
Iordache suffered a broken finger while training on balance beam on Tuesday, fracturing her fourth metacarpal bone. The injury will require surgery, and she is expected to be sidelined for six weeks, forcing her out of the Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro, April 16-18.
Iordache's untimely injury is a big blow to the Romanian women, who failed to qualify a full team to the Olympics at last year's world championships in Glasgow, where the top eight teams earned a team ticket to this summer's Olympic Games. Romania team must finish in the top four at the test event to clinch a team berth to Rio de Janeiro, where they will be competing against Olympic hosts Brazil, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland.
Iordache has been Romania's top gymnast for the past four years, and won the individual all-around bronze medal in Glasgow and the all-around silver at the 2014 World Championships. She has won 11 medals at the European Championships, including five gold.
The Romanian women have won a team medal at every Olympic Games since 1976, winning in 1984, 2000 and 2004. From 1974 to 2014, Romania never finished below fourth in the team competition at the world championships, a success streak no other country can claim. Romania struggled in Glasgow, however, finishing just 13th.
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