Mon, September 23, 2013

Canadian Olympic hopeful injured

By QMI Agency


Canadian gymnast Peng Peng Lee from Ontario performs on the balance beam at the Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Calgary in this October 2009 file photo. (QMI Agency files)

Canadian Olympic hopeful Peng Peng Lee dislocated her left knee Monday, putting her health for the London Games in jeopardy.

Lee, who helped Canada qualify a full women's team for this summer's Olympics, was injured during a practice session on the vault before the start of the Canadian championships in Regina. The 18-year-old will have an MRI in Toronto Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury.

"It's too early to speculate about whether Peng Peng can recover from this injury in time for the Olympics," Gymnastics Canada president Jean Paul Caron said. "We are going to wait for the MRI results and hope for the best."

Results from the Canadian championships and a final qualification meet in June will be used to determine the five-member team that will represent Canada in London.

ROWERS MISS OUT

A fourth-place finish Tuesday at a final Olympic qualification rowing regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland wasn't enough for a ticket to London for Canada's women's pair of Natalie Mastracci and Larissa Lagzdins.

Germany won the final in seven minutes 17.88 seconds and qualified for the Games along with runner-up Argentina at 7:20.05. The Canadians clocked in at 7:22.67.