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MTK Cup: Silver and bronze for Ana Luiza Filiorianu

           After yesterday we celebrated the Romanian pre-junior gymnasts’ success at Debrecen’s “MTK Cup” International Tournament (the junior version of the World Cup), today Ana Luiza Filiorianu (left photo) added two more medals in the junior event finals. Although she only competed with ball and hoop (there was no All-around event here), Luiza managed to put together four well executed routines in the two days of competition, making both podiums. In a sport completely dominated by Russian and former Eastern block gymnasts, Luiza’s performances at the beginning of this year give us hope for a constant Romanian presence in the finals of the most important junior competitions of 2014: June’s European Championship (Baku) and July’s Youth Olympic Games (Nanjing). Here are the standings and Luiza’s routines from the two finals:

Ball

1. Iulia Bravikova (RUS) – 16.067

2. Stefaniya-Sofiya Manakhava (BLR) – 15.582

3. Ana Luiza Filiorianu (ROU) – 15.100

Hoop

1. Veronika Poliakova (RUS) – 16.450

2. Ana Luiza Filiorianu (ROU) – 15.683

3. Zhala Piriyeva (AZE) – 15.633

Ștefana Popa (Anghel Saligny Iași) represented Romania in the ribbon final, placing eighth with this routine:

  

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