Romania, fourth in the women’s team final

            After the Romanian team wrapped up a disappointing qualification round in seventh place, Larisa Iordache, Andreea Munteanu, Ștefania Stănilă, Ana Maria Ocolișan and Paula Tudorache went into the team final more determined to improve on this performance and ended up fighting for the bronze medal against Russia and Italy. The United States and China were the gold medal candidates today, with the first sealing the first place. Although Romania is usually known for its floor and beam performance, their best events today were vault (2) and beam (1). Diana Bulimar’s contribution to the team was highly missed today as she would have made a difference on three of the four apparatus.

            The Romanian gymnasts started the competition on floor, where they scored the third highest total on this event. Larisa was second best again (behind Simone Biles) although she lost 0.2 of her difficulty score today, while Munteanu and Stănilă managed two scores in the 13s.

            Romania was second best on vault after three double Yurchenko vaults from Larisa Iordache – 15.066, Ana Maria Ocolișan – 14.933 and Ștefania Stănilă – 14.758. With two Amânars and a double Yurchenko, the US team dominated this event.

            Uneven Bars continues to be Romania’s worst nightmare. Although Larisa improved on her qualification score, the team total here was the weakest of the entire field. Neither Ștefania nor Paula managed to reach the 13s with their routines.

            Larisa Iordache and Andreea Munteanu are gymnasts who can qualify to any beam final, either World or European and they proved it again today by posting the highest scores on this event: 15.200 for Andreea and 15.500 for Larisa. For Romania, the All-around competitions are next with Cristian Bățagă, Ștefania Stănilă and Larisa Iordache performing.

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