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Tan Jiaxin to Replace Liu Tingting in Rio
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Two-time world team member Tan Jiaxin will replace Liu Tingting on China's Olympic gymnastics team, it was announced Monday.

Two-time world team member Tan Jiaxin will replace Liu Tingting on China's Olympic gymnastics team, it was announced Monday.

Liu, 15, has been withdrawn because of a hand injury she suffered last week. The first-year senior was the youngest member of China's Olympic squad, but also one of the strongest. She was China's junior national champion in 2015, and she finished third all-around, second on beam, and fifth on uneven bars and floor exercise at this year's national championships.

Tan, 19, was a member of China's silver medal-winning teams at the 2014 and 2015 world championships. She is not an all-arounder, however; Tan's joining the team may leave China with only three gymnasts on beam in qualification, coach Xu Jinglei said, leaving China unable to drop its low score on the event. The Chinese women will start on balance beam in the first subdivision of qualification in Rio de Janeiro.

Tan joins Chinese national champion Shang Chunsong, world uneven bars co-champion Fan Yilin, Mao Yi and Wang Yan on the team to Rio.

Another team alternate, Luo Huan, was previously injured. Liu Jinru will travel to Rio as the team's only alternate.

The Chinese women won the team title at the 2008 Olympic Games and placed fourth in 2012.

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