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Evgenia Medvedeva pulls out of world championships

MOSCOW – Olympic figure skating silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva has withdrawn from the world championships later this month, ending the prospect of another showdown for gold with her friend and rival Alina Zagitova.

The Russian Figure Skating Federation said Medvedeva has a recurrence of the foot injury that kept her out of the Grand Prix Finals last December.

During the Olympics, Medvedeva said the injury didn’t bother her as she lost to Zagitova by 1.31 points for the gold medal.

However, the Russian federation now says Medvedeva “had to fight painful sensations while skating at the Olympics” and doctors have ordered her to strictly limit any jumps from her injured foot for at least four weeks “in order to avoid possible surgical intervention.”

That makes Zagitova the clear favorite for gold at the March 21-25 championships in Milan, Italy.

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