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Aliya Mustafina may compete at World Championships after all

Aliya Mustafina

Russia’s Aliya Mustafina competes on the floor during the women’s team final of the artistic gymnastics event at the 2015 European Games in Baku on June 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

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Aliya Mustafina was included on an expanded roster over the weekend from which the Russian team for the World Gymnastics Championships will be chosen, a turnaround after she and a Russian coach said she would miss the meet due to injury, according to Russian reports.

Russia’s gymnastics federation website published the expanded roster of 10 women here. No more than six women can compete per nation at the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, the last week of October.

On Friday, before the expanded roster announcement, Mustafina said she would skip the World Championships, primarily because of a back injury, according to Russian media.

Mustafina and a Russian coach said later over the weekend that she was not out of the Worlds picture, with the athlete saying she would assess her health closer to Worlds, according to Russian media.

Mustafina, 20, won all-around medals at the 2010 World Championships (gold), 2012 Olympics (bronze) and 2013 World Championships (bronze) and was fourth in 2014 while dealing with health problems.

Mustafina has been a stalwart in the Russian program. With her, the Russian team took silver behind the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics and bronze at the 2014 World Championships.

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