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Silver for Romania at the Aerobic Worlds

              The second day at the Cancun Aerobic World Championships was not easy for the Romanian team, which had the difficult task of catching up with the French and Chinese teams in the fight for the team gold medal. Although the Romanians had made it to all the event finals in the first day of qualification, they had not performed at the best of their ability, giving the above mentioned teams a chance to move ahead of the current World and European champion. Romania came back strong in the second day of qualification, managed to surpass China but not France. The team took home the silver medal while France won the Championship for the first time. Here’s how the competition developed for the Romanians.

Individual Men

              Romania counted, yet again, on the experience of the multiple World and European champion, Mircea Zamfir, who didn’t disappoint this time around either. He started off the competition well for Romania, placing second behind Ivan Veloz of Mexico, who was competing at home. Mircea held on to this position almost until the end of the individual competition when he lost the direct fight with Benjamin Garavel, which counted for the team total. He goes through to tomorrow’s final though and will fight for a place on the podium.

Mixed Pairs

              Alina Radu and Dacian Barna were the first Romanian pair to compete in this event, at their first participation at a World Championship, and made it to the final from the eighth place. For the team total, Romania went with 2013 European and World Games champions, Bianca Becze and Marius Petruse. The two performed beautifully under pressure, getting the best execution score of the event. They move into the final from first place and will try to maintain this position and win the only title they lack in this event.

Group

              The qualification and team final ended with the group event, where Romania lined up four of the 2013 European champions (Anca Surdu, Corina Constantin, Bianca Becze and Andreea Bogati). They were joined this year by multiple Junior European champion Bianca Gorgovan, in her first senior year. The girls topped the standings of the event, placing in front of the all male groups from China and France.

              At the end of qualifications and team final, Romania took home the silver medal, after an amazing run to get back in the fight for the gold medal. The Championships continues, though, with event finals…

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