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Romania, 7th at the Kazan Universiade

Romania was represented by five of the National MAG team members at the 2013 University Games in Kazan, Russia – the women’s team did not sent any representative at this competition. In Flavius Koczi’s absence, the following would be the best male line up Romania would currently have to offer: Marius Berbecar, Ovidiu Buidoșo, Cristian Bațagă, Vlad Cotuna and Andrei Muntean. The first three gymnasts had already competed in two previous editions of this competition (Belgrade 2009 and Schenzen 2011) with very good results. In fact, Romania finished third in the medal standings at Schenzen mainly due to Flavius’ 4 medals and Marius’ silver on his favorite apparatus, parallel bars.

Cristian Bațagă. Photo: Volker Minkus

The competition started directly with the team final, which also served as qualification for the All-around and event finals. With their best performances coming on pommel horse and parallel bars, the guys came very close to placing 6th in the team final but a mistake from Marius in the final routine of the day pushed the Romanians to tie with Korea for 7th place. Marius also lost the chance to make the final on this event – it is a pity he has not managed to find consistency yet this year on his strongest apparatus. Romania’s other strong parallel bars worker, Andrei Muntean, did manage to pull it together and made the final in 5th place (unfortunately, we could not see his routine). This would be Romania’s only apparatus final of the championship. On the other hand, Cristian Bațagă and Vlad Cotuna qualified to the All-around final from 14th and 31st positions, respectively.

Team

FX

PH

SR

VT

PB

HB

Total

Cristian Bațagă

14.250

14.750

14.200

14.325

14.050

13.550

85.300 (14)

Vlad Cotuna

13.800

12.750

14.300

14.200

14.700

13.150

82.900 (31)

Andrei Muntean

13.700

13.600

14.900

15.500 (5)

13.850

Marius Berbecar

14.625

14.600

Ovidiu Buidoșo

14.550

13.650

Here is Cristian’s best routine of the day, on pommel horse:

In the All-around final, Cristian and Vlad exchanged places in the standings. Vlad pulled off two good routines on floor and his favorite, high bar, to finish 16th ahead of Cristian who scored lower than in qualification and placed 21st. Unfortunately, we did not get to see either of them perform…

All-around

FX

PH

SR

VT

PB

HB

Total

Cristian Bațagă

14.550

12.150

14.200

14.100

14.200

14.500

83.700

Vlad Cotuna

14.000

14.300

14.450

14.100

13.150

12.400

82.400

In the last day of finals, Andrei Muntean competed on parallel bars but scored a 14.075 after a mistake and finished 8th. Here is Andrei´s routine:

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