Romania in second in the ROU-BEL-GER meet

Andreea Iridon

Andreea Iridon

The German, Belgian and Romanian WAG teams, direct competitors for a ticket to the Olympics at the upcoming Rio Test Event, met today in Mouscron (Belgium) for one last friendly meet before they will be heading out to Brasil. Diana Bulimar, Cătălina Ponor, Denisa Stanciu, Silvia Zarzu, Andreea Iridon, Dora Vulcan and Maria Holbură competed for Romania in an event dominated from start to finish by the Belgian team:

1. Belgium 222.900
2. Romania 219.200
Germany 215.250

Romania competed in the same order as the one established for the test event and started off with a 5 point difference on Uneven Bars, a difference they were unable to make up for throughout the entire event. With Ocolișan and Jurca not making this team, it was Maria Holbură the one who posted the biggest score for Romania on this event, a 13.10. Diana Bulimar and Silvia Zarzu missed their respective routines while Andreea Iridon and Dora Vulcan posted scores in the high 12s. On the contrary, Belgium posted only scores over 13 to win the meet. It is also worth mentioning that Germany, which placed third today, did not send their best gymnasts to the event.

Beam and vault were Romania´s top events today, with scores in the 14s. Diana scored highest on beam with a 14.40 while Silvia posted a 14.55 on vault. Although Romania did win beam, vault and floor, the difference was too small to make up for the 5 point difference on bars. Cătălina didn´t show the same level as in Doha on beam today but she did compete on floor for the first time. It´s obvious she is still not 100% healthy and her foot is still bothering her, her effort to support the team through to the test event is remarkable.

Here are the Romanian scores from this competition (find the complete results here).


In the Junior event, the Romanian team (Ioana Crişan, Olivia Cîmpian, Alisia Botnaru, Carmen Ghiciuc and Denisa Golgotă) won by a margin of 10 points, also dominating the All-around:

1. Carmen Ghiciuc 54.400;

2. Alisia Botnaru 54.259;

3. Ioana Crişan 54.150.

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