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Yana Kudryavtseva, 13-time gymnastics world champion, retires aged 19

Yana Kudryavtseva won 13 world championships from 2013 to 2015 and a silver medal at the Rio Olympics last year.

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Yana won a silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games. (Source: AP)

Russian rhythmic gymnast Yana Kudryavtseva has retired from competition aged just 19 following a brief but dazzling career.

Kudryavtseva won 13 world championships from 2013 to 2015, making her the early favorite for the all-around gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but a foot fracture disrupted her preparations. She had to settle for silver in Rio behind fellow Russian and friend Margarita Mamun following a rare mistake on her club routine.

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The International Gymnastics Federation says her retirement, which follows numerous injury struggles, ends “one of the most glittering careers in rhythmic history.”

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Kudryavtseva was the latest in a long line of world-class rhythmic gymnasts from Russia, which has won every Olympic gold medal in the discipline since 2000 with stars such as Alina Kabaeva and Evgeniya Kanaeva.