Russian Teams Finalized for Nanning Worlds
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Russian coaches hope a mixture of experience and youth will carry their teams to success at the upcoming world gymnastics championships in Nanning, China. The final team for Russia was announced Sunday. Pictured: First-year senior Daria Spiridonova

Russia hopes a mixture of experience and youth will carry them to success at the upcoming world gymnastics championships in Nanning, China. The final team for Russia was announced Sunday.

Led by world and Olympic champion Aliya Mustafina and veterans Yekaterina Kramarenko and Tatiana Nabiyeva, the Russian squad will also include 2014 European beam champion Maria Kharenkova, Alla Sosnitskaya and Daria Spirdonova. The alternate athlete in Nanning is Polina Fyodorova.

Injuries have left Olympic medalists Ksenia Afanasyeva, Viktoria Komova and Maria Paseka out of the competition. According to national coach Valentina Rodionenko, doctors confirmed both Afanasyeva and Komova were not yet ready to compete after ankle injuries, while Paseka suffered a last-minute ankle sprain, Rodionenko said.

Russia's men's team is Denis Ablyazin, David Belyavsky, Nikita Ignatyev, Nikolai Kuksenkov, Vladislav Polyashov and Ivan Stretovich. 2010 Youth Olympian Daniil Kazachkov is the alternate. Olympians Alexander Balandin and Emin Garibov are recovering from shoulder surgeries.

Rodionenko hopes missing this year's worlds will give these veterans enough time to rest before next year's Worlds and ultimately the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

This will be the first world championships for Kharenkova, Sosnitskaya, Spirodonova, Polyashkov and Stretovich.

Russia's team leaves Wednesday for Nanning, where the world championships kick off Oct. 3.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

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Rachel T. said:

What a major tragedy without Ksenia Afanasyeva
Would have loved to see Ksenia challenge for the GOLD on floor. She embraces what is really needed on the floor: not just incredible tumbling skills, she has exceptional dance skills and creative movements that no one can compare.
September 23, 2014
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