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Viktoria Komova training but unlikely for worlds, report says

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London Olympic all-around silver medalist Viktoria Komova is training but unlikely to be ready to compete in the world championships in October, her father said, according to Russian news agency TASS.

Komova, 22, missed the Rio Olympics due to back pain with a question as to whether or not she retired. Komova’s social media as far back as September indicated she had returned to training.

Komova will take this year to focus on recovery for her back, her dad said, according to the report.

Komova, who took all-around silver behind Jordyn Wieber at the 2011 World Championships (by .33 of a point, squandering a lead going into the final rotation) and Gabby Douglas at the 2012 Olympics, has endured health problems since the London Games.

She missed the 2013 and 2014 Worlds and came back in 2015, but did not compete in the 2015 Worlds all-around. Still, Komova shared the World uneven bars title with three other gymnasts.

Komova was named to a preliminary Russian Olympic team for Rio in December 2015 before the injury forced her to stop training. The Russians, led by Aliya Mustafina, earned a second straight Olympic team silver behind the U.S.

Mustafina is pregnant and expected to return to training in the fall.

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Viktoria Komova, Olympic all-around silver medalist, not training, reports say

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Olympic all-around silver medalist Viktoria Komova of Russia has retired due to back problems at age 21, Russian national team coach Valentina Rodionenko said, according to R-Sport.

Later, Komova’s father confirmed that Komova was no longer training but said she had not retired, according to Russian news agency TASS.

The reports follow a social media post from Komova’s account saying she had stopped training due to back pain.

Komova, who took all-around silver behind Jordyn Wieber at the 2011 World Championships (by .33 of a point, squandering a lead going into the final rotation) and Gabby Douglas at the 2012 Olympics, has endured health problems since the London Games.

She missed the 2013 and 2014 Worlds and came back last year, but did not compete in the 2015 Worlds all-around. Still, Komova shared the World uneven bars title with three other gymnasts.

With her, the Russian team finished a disappointing fourth at the 2015 Worlds.

Komova was named to a preliminary Russia Olympic team in December.

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Russia identifies majority of Olympic gymnastics team

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Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina, silver and bronze medalists in the 2012 Olympic all-around, were named among four preliminary members for Russia’s Olympic women’s artistic gymnastics team Thursday.

They were joined by 2012 Olympic teammates Maria Paseka and Ksenia Afanasyeva on a report published on the Russian gymnastics federation’s website. Komova and Mustafina are expected to compete in the all-around in Rio, according to the report.

The fifth and final spot on the team is up for grabs, though any name on the roster could change with the Olympics eight months away.

Russia took silver behind the U.S. at the 2011 Worlds and 2012 Olympics but fell to bronze at the 2014 Worlds and fourth this year.

Komova and Mustafina have both endured health problems since London, with Komova missing the 2013 and 2014 Worlds and Mustafina sitting out this year.

Komova shared the World uneven bars title with American Madison Kocian, China’s Fan Yilin and another Russian, Daria Spiridonova, on Oct. 31.

Paseka is the reigning World vault champion. Afanasyeva took silver on floor exercise behind American Simone Biles.

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