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Coach says gymnast Mustafina made miracle happen by winning Olympic bronze

August 12, 2:29 UTC+3 RIO DE JANEIRO
"She entered the stage with the hurt back, and it was almost impossible for her to perform better on the floor or balance beam," Valentina Rodionenko said
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RIO DE JANEIRO, August 12. /TASS/. Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina has made a miracle happen when she won a bronze medal in individual all-round at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, senior coach of the Russian team Valentina Rodionenko told TASS on Friday.

Earlier today Russian Mustafina won bronze in individual all-around with a score of 58.665 points. US gymnast Simone Biles won gold (62.198 points), and her compatriot Alexandra Raisman took silver (60.098 points).

"Aliya made a miracle happen today, accomplished a real feat," Rodionenko said. "She entered the stage with the hurt back, and it was almost impossible for her to perform better on the floor or balance beam. Remember this, a year ago she did not train for a long time due to problems with her knee and back, she missed the last World Championship in Glasgow. But she came back and won an Olympic medal. It will be regrettable if Mustafina leaves the team after the Olympics, we will really miss her," she added.

Mustafina was born on 30 September 1994 in the Moscow Region. She is the 2012 Olympic uneven bars champion, silver medalist in the team all-around, bronze medalist in the individual all-around and floor, 2016 Olympic silver medalist in the team all-around. Mustafina is a two-time 2010 World Champion (in the team and individual all-around), 2013 World Champion on the balance beam, multi-time World Champion, and won several medals at World Championships in 2010, 2013 and 2014. She is also a three-time European Champion and three-time 2013 Universiade Champion.

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