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Ankle Injury Keeps Komova Out of Europeans
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Russian star Viktoria Komova will be absent from the upcoming European championships in Berlin because of an ankle injury, coach Valentina Rodionenko confirmed. Pictured: With her right ankle wrapped, Komova practices on balance beam during podium training at the Russian championships in February.

Continuing ankle pain will keep Youth Olympic champion Viktoria Komova out of the upcoming European championships, Russian team coaches Andrei and Valentina Rodionenko confirmed Sunday.

Komova injured her right ankle in December, but returned to compete three events at the Russian championships two weeks ago. She had been in contention to compete a few events at April's European championships, but will stay home to rest her ankle.

"It's better to wait, because this injury has resurfaced," Valentina told news agency RIA.

Komova, who turned 16 in January, was undefeated in the all-around in 2010. She won all-around titles at the Russian championships, the Junior European championships and the Youth Olympic Games.

"Now we are going through consultation with the best doctors," Valentina said. "The question is whether to treat it conservatively or to operate. We are inclined to the first option. If she has surgery, then she'll be out for two months."

Komova's injury should not raise alarm, Andrei told newspaper "Sport-Express."

"Treatment of Vika's old injuries has been more protracted than anticipated," he said. "This is nothing special here. A person grows, develops - she is 16 years old, an awkward age. Our task is to keep an athlete from unnecessary health problems."

The Russian team for the European championships, April 4-10 in Berlin, will be world all-around champion Aliya Mustafina, Anna Dementyeva, Tatiana Nabiyeva and Yulia Belokobylskaya.

Valentina said that with rest, Komova hopefully will compete at the Moscow World Cup in mid-May.

"We have to give her a full recovery, and only then proceed to training," she said. "I'm sorry, of course, that Vika won't go to Berlin. She could challenge for medals and the highest dignity in Europe. The Europeans are waiting for her and are calling and asking. She could have been a serious opponent to Mustafina."

However, the Russians see no point in rushing Komova back to competition, Andrei said.

"Right now it's impractical to accelerate the process — it's much better to let her properly heal," he said. "We have the Olympics — they are even more important [than the Europeans]."

Mustafina and new Russian champion Dementyeva are expected to compete all-around in Berlin. Mustafina skipped the Russian championships in favor of last weekend's American Cup, the first all-around World Cup of the year. Mustafina fell on floor exercise to lose the title to first-year senior Jordyn Wieber (U.S.), a controversial last-minute entrant.

"Aliya is now very tired after the World Cup," Rodionenko said. "Well, America is America. We expected that they would spare no effort to win. But everyone saw that Aliya's upgraded routines are good. Before leaving for America she was a little unwell, which is also important to note. I think that in a week she will be at her peak. It is too early. The World Cup for us is not as important as the Europeans."

Russia's men's team for Europeans will be Anton Golotsutskov, Maxim Devyatovsky, Nikita Ignatyev, Alexander Balandin, Emin Garibov and Denis Ablyazin.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

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briohnyg said:

Come on Komova! Get better, everyone wants to see you!
March 14, 2011
Votes: +5

anon said:

Does anyone know why david belyavskiy isn't competing for russia in the mens?
March 14, 2011
Votes: +1

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