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Romania wins the Saint Etienne Junior friendly against France

Saint Etienne, in France, hosted maybe the most interesting Junior meet we’ve watched so far this year, a competition between the Romanian and French Junior teams. Two of the coaches of the Izvorani National Junior team, Adela Popa and Cristian Moldovan, accompanied Andreea Munteanu, Andreea Iridon, Laura Jurcă, Silvia Zarzu, Mădălina Blendea – who has, at last, returned to competition after a very long absence – and Diana Teodoru at this event. Romania won the team competition as well as the individual events.

Photo: Benoit Bonatre

We’ve lately become accustomed to seeing Andreea Munteanu (photo) shine at these meets and she was, yet again, the best gymnasts of the Romanian team. She won gold in the All-around and the vault, beam and floor finals while showing improved routines on vault (double twisting Yurchenko) and beam (triple twist dismount). In the apparatus finals, she scored over 14s on all events except bars (not a very good competition for her on this event).


Andreea Munteanu (ROM), 2013 Match France…por ffgym

Andreea Iridon and Mădălina Blendea follow Andreea closely, impressing on their favorite apparatus, bars. Andreea won the apparatus final here scoring over 14 points, the silver medals on floor and beam and the All-around bronze. With an improved vault, Andreea could very well contend for the All-around title…

Mădălina competed well in her first official competition after having spent more than a year on the sidelines. She placed forth in the All-around (tying with Silvia), second on bars and third on beam. Love watching her compete:

Another gymnast who presented a new skill was Laura Jurcă, a tucked full-in on floor. She also won the bronze medal on vault with her full twisting Yurchenko.

Andreea Munteanu, Silvia Zarzu and Diana Teodoru will be Seniors next year while Andreea Iridon, Mădălina Blendea and Laura Jurcă will have to wait until 2015.

     

All-around

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

Total

Andreea Munteanu

14.300

12.500

14.850

13.950

55.600 (1)

Andreea Iridon

 12.950

12.900

13.650

13.800

53.300 (3)

Mădălina Blendea

 12.500

13.000

13.800

13.450

52.750 (4)

Laura Jurcă

13.475

 12.050  N/A

13.700

51.800 (8)

Silvia Zarzu

13.275

 N/A

13.700

52.750 (4)

Diana Teodoru

 13.250  12.050  N/A  12.150

49.950 (12)

Apparatus finals

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

Andreea Munteanu

14.425 (1)

12.600 (5)

14.400 (1)

14.350 (1)

Andreea Iridon

14.350 (1)

14.250 (2)

13.950 (2)

Mădălina Blendea

13.650 (2)

14.000 (3)

Laura Jurcă

13.500 (3)

13.850 (5)

Silvia Zarzu

13.250 (6)

13.900 (3)

 

Videos courtesy of Maryline/GymFever.

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