Last week, reports of Russian gymnasts Anastasia Ilyankova and Maria Paseka being injured surfaced on the internet. The first is suffering from back injury while the second is suffering from back and knee injuries.

Nonetheless it has been confirmed that both gymnast will compete at the upcoming Worlds which will be held in Montreal, Canada between October 2 and 8.

Ilyankova's back injury is an aggravated spinous process one. National head coach Valentina Rodionenko had said before that Ilyankova would go to Worlds if she was given medical clearance.

Paseka has a history of back injuries where doctors advised her to quit the sport but she refused.

She previously revealed that she quit artistic gymnastics once and tried tumbling.

Teammates Angelina Melnikova and Elena Eremina will compete on all four events while Ilyankova will compete beam and bars and Paseka will compete on vault.

Montreal will be Ilyankova's first Worlds and Paseka's second. Paseka will go as the defending World vault champion.

UPDATES: Ilyankova's participation is till in doubt and that the final decision will be announced on Friday according to an interview with Rodionenko published by rsport.

Her statement, translated by Gymnovosti, "Everything’s still unchanged, we’re waiting to see how it goes, we still have time. She [Ilyankova] has already started training again, doing elements a bit, we’ll see. Of course, we would want to try her out at these Worlds, to show her, she’s a medal contender on bars. We’d like that, but everything will depend on her condition, we can’t risk it. I think everything will be decided by Friday.”

LAST UPDATES: Rodionenko announced that Ilyankova would compete at Worlds as expected since her back pain is gone and she is able to fully train her routines.

Written by Gigi Farid



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