Three gold medals for Diana Bulimar in Alphen aan den Rijn

Photo ©Volker Minkus

With just a month to go before the World Championship starts in Belgium, we were looking forward to see where the Romanian gymnasts were with their training for the most important event of the year. Diana Bulimar and Sandra Izbașa had announced their presence at the Interland Tournament in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands and we hoped they would be showing their new floor routines, coreographed by Adriana Pop. We had not seen the girls (Diana and Larisa) compete since the Anadia Challenge Cup in late June and this was also going to be Sandra’s first official competition since she won gold at the London Olympics last year. Her probable goal for this year: winning gold at Worlds (she already has silver and bronze).


The two day competition included an All-around event which also served as qualification for event finals. Sandra only competed on floor showing a new routine that placed her 4th in the standings (she did not warm up or compete on vault although she was on the initial start list for this apparatus) while Diana went for the All-around, also presenting a new floor routine coreographed by Adriana Pop. She did not show major upgrades but easily won the competition over Germany´s Elisabeth Seitz and the Netherlands’ Noël van Klaveren, with a total of 57 points. She also made event finals on beam and floor from 1st position and uneven bars from 5th. Find complete results from Day 1 here and links to the girls´ routines here.


Apparatus Finals

Bulimar, who is still unbelievably consistent in competition, continued to dominate in event finals winning both beam and floor and placing third on bars. Her beam routine scored lower this time but it was enough to keep her in front of Beckie Downie and Sanne Wevers. The floor final was an interesting event for us with Diana and Sandra going 1-2. The latter improved on her qualification performance adding in difficulty to reach 6.1. She should be able to improve on that before Worlds for a chance to make the final (if we add Iordache to the Romanian line-up, we’ve got three top level floor workers but only 2 can make the final) and then fight for a medal. Diana improved her execution as well to overscore Sandra and win the final (despite a 0.4 difficulty gap). If Diana is somehow able to add some more difficulty before Worlds, her consistency and execution will make her a serious contender for the floor medals. Find complete results here.

Here’s Diana’s brand new floor routine:

Larisa Iordache was not present at the meet due to medical issues: according to the Romanian Federation she is ˮundergoing treatment” for an unspecified problem. Let´s hope it´s not the same problem she had at the Moscow Europeans earlier this year although that didn´t keep her from competiting and coming away with 4 medals. Get well, Larisa!

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