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3 medals for Alexandra Piscupescu at the World Cup

Last weekend, Bucharest´s Sala Polivalentă held the annual Irina Deleanu Cup which, starting this year, also included a World Cup event. Some of the best gymnasts in the world competed alongside Romania’s elite Rhythmic gymnasts: 6 Romanian Juniors, 3 Seniors and 2 groups competed in the different events scheduled during these three days. Alexandra Piscupescu, Romania’s top Rhythmic gymnast, won 3 medals in the World Cup finals, something that hadn’t happened in many years. To make this event truly emotional for the audience there, Bodgan Mihai, the Romanian tenor who sings the song Alexandra chose for her ribbon routine, accompanied her live during the final and gala.

Alexandra Piscupescu

Current Junior National champions in their respective categories Ana Luiza Filiorianu (Olimpia Bucharest) and Andreea Verdeș (Anghel Saligny, Iași) competed alongside Ștefania Oltean from LPS Bistrița and Ștefana Popa also from Iași. Despite nervous performances from most of the girls, Ana Luiza came 5th in the individual standings with her best routine on ball, where she usually shines. In the Senior competition, Diana Văleanu came in third.

The two Juniors who competed outside the official competition, Corina Lupu (Olimpia Bucharest) and Cesima Nechifor (CSM Ploiești) actually impressed me most, the first through her extension and the second with her Carmen interpretation during the gala. Despite being the youngest member of the Romanian team here, she is very expressive.

The first World Cup event to be organized in Romania was a great achievement for Alexandra Piscupescu who finished 5th in the All-around standings and qualified to all event finals. The fact that she was competing at home seemed to give her wings, she did not make any major mistake in any of her performances. Olimpia team mate Adriana Teocan joined Alexandra in the competition.

In the event finals, Alexandra won 2 silver medals for her hoop and ball routines. But it is that bronze medal on ribbon that is memorable since it is the first time a gymnast performs to live singing in an official competition. A very emotional moment…

Follow the links to take a look at the photos of Day 1 and Day 3 of the competition.

Here are the scores and the links to the girls’ routines. If you were not able to follow it live, you can watch the entire competition here.

Irina Deleanu Cup

Junior All-around

Hoop

Ball

Clubs

Ribbon

Total

Ana Luiza Filiorianu

13.850

14.350

13.300

12.700

54.200 (5)

Stefania Oltean

11.800

11.800

10.950

11.900

46.450 (15)

Andreea Verdes

10.850

11.100

11.400

12.000

45.350 (16)

Stefana Popa

10.300

12.100

11.250

10.250

43.900 (17)

Corina Lupu

11.000

11.900

11.850

11.950

46.700

Cesima Nechifor

8.800

10.100

9.650

8.500

37.050

Senior All-around

Hoop

Ball

Clubs

Ribbon

Total

Diana Văleanu

14.000

14.483

14.167

14.617

57.267 (3)

Group

5 Hoops

5 Hoops

Total

Romania 1

12.467

12.950

25.417 (5)

Romania 2

12.367

11.783

24.150 (6)

World Cup

Senior All-Around

Hoop

Ball

Clubs

Ribbon

Total

Alexandra Piscupescu

16.883

17.200

17.083

16.850

68.017 (5)

Adriana Teocan

15.517

15.767

15.350

15.350

61.983 (16)

Event Finals

Hoop

Ball

Clubs

Ribbon

Alexandra Piscupescu

17.250 (2)

17.300 (2)

17.250 (4)

17.300 (3)

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