Aliya Mustafina, Viktoria Komova named to Russia’s World Championships team

Aliya Mustafina, Viktoria Komova
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Russia named Olympic all-around silver and bronze medalists Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina to its World Championships team Wednesday, according to Russian media, though one of them may not compete in Glasgow, Scotland, in the last month of October.

That’s because it named seven women to the team. It must designate one of the seven as an alternate before Worlds, which are a six-woman-per-team affair.

Komova and Mustafina, both 20, shared the London 2012 all-around podium with Gabby Douglas, who is in the running to be named to the U.S. team for Worlds in October.

Komova, the 2011 Worlds and 2012 Olympic all-around silver medalist, missed the 2013 and 2014 Worlds as she’s been set back by health problems since the London Games.

In 2011, Komova led Jordyn Wieber going into the final rotation in the all-around at the World Championships in Tokyo. But Wieber came back to win by .033.

In 2012, Komova had the highest score in Olympic all-around qualifying in London. Douglas beat her by .259 in the all-around final to become the third straight U.S. woman to win the most coveted title in gymnastics.

Mustafina, the 2010 World all-around champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, was originally quoted as saying she would miss this year’s Worlds, mainly due to a back injury, in Russian media.

The Russians took silver behind the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics and bronze behind the U.S. and China at the 2014 World Championships.

The seven-woman Russian team for Worlds also includes Maria Paseka and Ksenia Afanasyeva, 2012 Olympians who missed the 2013 and 2014 Worlds.

The new Russian star may be Daria Spiridonova, who won the Russian Cup all-around earlier this month and was also put on the seven-woman team for Glasgow.

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