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Update: Mustafina will compete at Nationals with on bars and beam watered down routines.


Update: Rodionenko recently told Tass.ru that Mustafina most likely won't compete at the Russian championships

Russia's head coach Valentina Rodionenko informed Allsportinfo.ru that Olympic champion Aliya Mustafina will only be competing on balance beam and uneven bars at the Russian championships which will be held in April.

The Russian gymnast began heavy training on February 1st. According to Rodionenko, Mustafina feels pain in her knee which she had surgery on last November. However, she believes that Mustafina's knees will get used to the heavy training gradually hence the decision of having her compete on only two events at the Russian championships.

Veteran Ksenia Afanasyeva, who won a silver medal on floor exercise at the last World championships, recently had treatment in Munich for ongoing ankle problems.

Rodionenko believes that World vault champion Maria Paseka and World bars champion Viktoria Komova are capable of winning gold at Rio Olympics.

As for the fifth spot on the Olympic team, they will decide between World and European bars champion Daria Spiridonova, Angelina Melnikova and Natalia Kapitonova.

Rodionenko said that she believes that this Russian team is the most powerful one since the old Soviet days.

While Maria Kharenkova and Seda Tutkhalyan will compete at two World Cups which will be held in Glasgow and Stuttgart.

Written by Gigi Farid


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