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Chusovitina Aims for All-Around in Nanning
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Six-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan) hopes to recover from a recent foot injury in time to compete in the all-around at the upcoming world gymnastics championships in Nanning, China.

Six-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan) hopes to recover from a recent foot injury in time to compete in the all-around at the upcoming world gymnastics championships in Nanning, China.

Chusovitina had planned on competing in the all-around at last week's Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, but an untimely injury during podium training limited her to vaulting only.

"I had a foot injury a few days ago during the podium training, and today when I was warming up, I felt my foot was still not ready for all-around" she told China's Xinhua News Agency. "So I decided just to do vault. I hope my foot will recover and I can compete in the all-around at the world championships."

In Wednesday's vault final in Incheon, Chusovitina won the silver medal, her seventh Asian Games medal, behind eventual champion Hong Un Jong of North Korea, who finished ahead of Chusovitina at the 2008 Olympics.

Chusovitina first won gold with the Soviet Union in the team competition and tied for gold on floor exercise at the 1991 Worlds in Indianapolis. Chusovitina has represented many federations over the years including the former Soviet Union, Uzbekistan, Germany, and 1992's The Unified Team, composed of athletes from the former Soviet Republics.

Primarily known as a vault specialist, Chusovitina has also had all-around success. She finished ninth in the all-around at the 2008 Olympic Games and 10th all-around at the 1996 Olympic Games. Her most recent all-around competition was at last year's Mexican Open in Acapulco, where she finished third all-around and first in the mixed-pairs event (with Japan's Koji Uematsu).

Throughout her illustrious career, Oksana has a won 11 world championship and two Olympic medals. She won the world title on vault at the 2003 World Championships in Anaheim, California.

In Incheon, Chusovitina was coached by her longtime friend and former teammate, gymnastics legend Svetlana Boginskaya.

The 2014 World Championships begin Friday in Nanning. The Uzbekistan women's team competes in the sixth subdivision in qualification on Oct. 5.

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gymn69 said:

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I would think w/ a foot injury - she would do bars instead of vault
 
October 01, 2014
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