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First year senior Anastasia Ilyankova is suffering from the same back injury her teammate Maria Paseka has been suffering from.

Illyankova has an aggravated spinous process injury which might jeopardize her chances of competing at the upcoming Worlds which will be held next month.  

Rodionenko said a decision will be made regarding Ilyankova's status on the Worlds team in a week after consulting with the doctors.

In case of withdrawal, Ilyankova who is set to compete on bars and beam at Worlds, will be either replaced by Maria Kharenkova or Liliia Akhaimova. It is worth mentioning that neither of them has competitive bars routine

Kharekova is strong on beam and floor, while Akhaimova's strongest events are vault and floor. 

In other news, it is said that two time Olympic vault medalist Paseka is going through back and knee injuries, she sustained while competing at the 2017 Universiade Games.

In addition to Ilyankova and Paseka, Angelina Melnikova and Elena Eremina were named on the Russian Worlds team.

Written by Gigi Farid


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