This week brought us three announcements that has thrown the field of play of the women’s competition at Worlds more open. Russia have ruled out Ksenia Afansayeva and Viktoria Komova and it emerged today that Romania’s Diana Bulimar is also out.
Ksenia Afanasyeva underwent surgery for an ankle problem and will not be defending her 2011 World Floor title. The surgery is said to have been minor but coaches ruled Afanaseyva out to allow for a full recovery.
Her team mate Viktoria Komova is said to have recently returned to training following a bought of viral meningitis. According to one of Komova’s own social media profiles, she has confirmed that she will not be competing at Worlds due to her Doctors advice. They feel that another months rest is required to regain full health before competing.
Whilst this World Championships is not a major qualifying event it is still worrying regarding the number of gymnasts out injured. I’m delighted that the Russians are protecting two of their top gymnasts and not pushing them to compete.
The Couch Gymnast broke the news today that London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Diana Bulimar was not competing at the Romanian Nationals today. Bulimar sustained a knee injury in training before the competition and was swiftly flown to Vienna where emergency surgery was carried out.
This does leave the field a little more wide open. Of course we can expect domination from the USA and the remaining Russian’s (Nabieva and Mustafina) but also room for more nations to qualify into the event finals. Many fans will be feeling disheartended at the moment, as there is still a consensus that Komova should have won the AA title at the London Olympics. The 18 year old gymnasts is yet to win a AA World gold medal, she finished second to USA’s Jordyn Wieber back in 2011 and also took gold on Bars.
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