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Russia Confirms Their Worlds Team

Elena Eremina/Photo by Silvia Vatteroni Russia has finally confirmed their Worlds team. Elena Eremina, Angelina Melnikova, Anastasia I...

Elena Eremina/Photo by Silvia Vatteroni
Russia has finally confirmed their Worlds team.

Elena Eremina, Angelina Melnikova, Anastasia Ilyankova and Maria Paseka are set to represent the country at the upcoming Worlds which will be held in Montreal, Canada between October 2 and 8.

Eremina and Melnikova will compete for the all around, Illyankova for the uneven bars and balance beam, while Paseka will fight for a medal on vault.

Last week, it was reported that Paseka's participation in Montreal is in doubt due to knee problems. The Russian gymnast was set to do an MRI scan whose results determined whether she will compete.

This will be Paseka's second World competition and, Eremina's, Melnikova's and Ilyankova's first.

Paseka was named to the 2013 Worlds but had to withdraw after injuring herself during podium training. At 2015 Worlds, she won gold on vault.

Melnikova turned senior last year (the Olympic year) while Eremina and Ilyankova are first year seniors.

As for the men's team, Russia selected two time Olympic medalist David Belyavskiy, Olympic silver medalist Nikita Nagornyy, European vault champion Artur Dalaloyan, five time Olympic medalist Denis Ablyazin. two time European champion Nikita Ignatyev and Sergei Eltsov.

Written by Gigi Farid


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