China limps to Jerome

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

A sore knee and missing equipment have hurt China for tonight's Harry Jerome International Track Classic in Burnaby's Swangard Stadium.

Three-time Asian javelin champion Li Rongxiang is sidelined with a left knee injury. Li's winning 79.96 m throw at last year's Jerome meet was his season-best.

"I will not be able to compete," Li said via translator. "In Victoria [on Wednesday] I couldn't run, I could only stand there and throw."

Pole-vaulter Zhao Yingying, third at 2005's Jerome, left her pole behind in Shanghai. She said China Eastern Airlines claimed it wouldn't fit in the cargo hold.

Chilliwack's Tyler Christopher, however, is set to join his 4 x 400m relay teammates to qualify for next month's Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. He began his season with a 400m gold at last weekend's Reebok Grand Prix in New York.

"It's good to be able to come and run in front of my mom," Christopher said. "It only costs her $14 to watch this meet as opposed to a couple thousand for the worlds."


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