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Iordache and Bulimar share gold medals in Portugal

It was an interesting weekend for Romanian gymnastics fans with the Romanian team surprising us and attending the Anadia Challenge Cup in Portugal. Larisa Iordache and Diana Bulimar, together with Ovidiu Buidoșo, Andrei Ursache, Marius Berbecar and Andrei Muntean competed in a couple of events, 3 of them also making the finals here.

Qualifications

Although the girls were set on competing on all 4 events, they only competed on their two favorite, beam and floor. Diana was her usual steady self, making the beam final from the 6th position and going into the floor final from 1st. On the other side, Larisa didn’t have a very good day on Friday, looking pretty shaky on beam (qualified in second position anyway) and missing her Silivaș on floor. Although there was a Romanian presence on all apparatus in MAG qualifications, Marius Berbecar was the only gymnasts to go through to finals, on vault and parallel bars. He was third on vault and fourth on bars.

Here are the scores and available routines from the Friday competition:

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WAG

BB

FX

Qualifications

Larisa Iordache

14.625 (2)

13.275 (8)

Diana Bulimar

13.725 (6)

14.425 (1)

MAG

FX

PH

SR

VT

PB

HB

Marius Berbecar

 

 

 

14.812 (3)

14.875 (4)

 

Andrei Muntean

 

 

14.775 (13)

 

13.400 (18)

 

Andrei Ursache

12.000 (35)

12.975 (21)

11.050 (36)

 

 

 

Ovidiu Buidoșo

 

13.225 (20)

 

 

 

13.450 (21)

Apparatus finals

Everything changed for Larisa in the finals, where we saw a whole different gymnast performing much better in both events. She went for a more difficult beam routine this time, including two full twisting skills (it’s the second time she performs these two skills together in an official competition after competing them at the Doha World Cup) and gave up her Silivaș on floor. Larisa won the gold medal on both apparatus, tying with Diana for 1st on floor. The latter’s routine received the highest execution score of the final after she cleanly landed all her four passes. Previously, Diana had also won the bronze medal on beam with a more difficult routine than in qualifications. As she is very well known for her consistency in competition, this makes you wonder why she doesn’t upgrade further. She seems very capable of doing so and she proved it by putting together and competing a double Yurchenko vault in half a year. Then again, Diana has not been plagued by injury so far…

In the men’s finals, Marius performed two good vaults but placed only 7th in the final. He was unlucky in the parallel bars final when a cramp in his right arm caused him to stop in the middle of his routine. He could only perform the dismount, placing 6th here. Too bad for the 3rd most difficult routine of the day… Hopefully, Marius is fine and we are not talking about anything serious.

Here are the scores and routines of the finals:

WAG Finals

BB

FX

Larisa Iordache

15.650 (1)

14.650 (1)

Diana Bulimar

14.650 (3)

14.650 (1)

MAG Finals

VT

PB

Marius Berbecar

14.412 (7)

14.125 (6)

You can watch the complete finals here:

 

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