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From the moment gymnasts arrived in Canada till the end of the competition, Montreal was under heavy criticism for the large number of injuries sustained.

The few minutes of podium training, lightening and unprepared equipment were assumed to be the cause of the injuries.

Here are the gymnasts who fell victim to injuries at the World championships.

Larisa Iordache, Romania

Iordache's injury was widely publicized in Montreal. The unfortunate gymnast completely  tore her Achilles tendon on floor exercise during warm up just before the qualification started.

The 21 year old gymnast will go through nine months recovery period which means that she might miss the entire 2018 season.

After returning to Romania, Larisa said in an interview that the doctors thought it was the normal wear and tear athletes go through and that it could’ve happened to anyone at any time.

In Montreal training, Iordache showed great improvement and difficulty that made her the top favorite to win the all around gold. 

Sherine Al Zeiny, Egypt

Three time Olympian Sherine Al Zeiny injured her knee while dismounting the bars in qualification. The injury hindered her ability to perform her best on balance beam as she suffered from two falls. Despite that she finished in thirty sixth place which is the best finish for an Egyptian gymnast at a World championships.

Rebeca Andrade, Brasil

Andrade was one of the gymnasts who were expected to shine in Montreal. She had an amazing Amanar, submitted a difficult tumbling pass to be named after her and was expected to make the all around podium. Sadly, she suffered from an ACL tear on vault during Montreal training and withdrew from the competition. This was the second ACL tear on the same knee for Andrade. Her first took place two years ago which caused her to miss the 2015 World championships.

Alice Kinsella, Great Britain 

Kinsella, who originally qualified to Montreal's all around final, sustained a minor ankle injury during the qualification. As a precautionary measure, coaches decided to have her withdrawn from the all around final. South Korea's Lee Eun Ju replaced her. This was Kinsella's first World championships.

Ragan Smith, USA

After Iordache's withdrawal, Smith was destined to win the all around gold. Moments before the all around final, the American gymnast injured her ankle on vault during warm up which forced her to withdraw from the competition. In the all around, she was replaced by Ioana Crisan, who was the only Romanian representative in the women's finals in Montreal. While she was replaced by Ellie Black of Canada on floor exercise.

Göksu Üctas Sanli, Turkey.

Sanli was one of the two female Turkish gymnast who were assigned to compete at Worlds. According to Gymternet, the Turkish gymnast injured her lower leg during training/podium training and was withdrawn from the competition.

Ekaterina Tishkova, Azerbaijan. 

The Russian born Azerbaijin gymnast injured herself on her opening pass on floor exercise during podium training. According to Twitter users who attended the session, she tore her ACL.

Thea Nygaard, Norway.

The Norwegian gymnast suffered a concussion according to Gymternet's Lauren Hopkins. 

Vanessa Ferrari, Italy

Ferrari was the last female gymnast to compete in Montreal. The Italian gymnast failed to land feet first on floor exercise during the event final rupturing her left Achilles. However, the Italian gymnast plans to return to the sport when she recovers.

 Written by Gigi Farid

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