Romanian skater Emil Imre (16) has won the gold medal in the short track 1,000-meter race at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival (EYOWF) 2013 at the skating rink in Poiana Brasov, Agerpres informs. This is the first gold medal that Romania wins in all 11 EYOWF editions that have taken place so far. Romania had won four bronze medals in previous editions. Imre had an excellent behavior also on Monday when he took silver in the short track 500 m race. After finishing on 6th place at the 1500 m discipline on Sunday, Imre took its revenge at 500 m, obtaining a valuable second place, the first medal for the Romanian delegation to the current edition of the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival. Imre declared, very happy, at the end of the race, according to the official website of the competition: ‘I wanted to be among the top three at this discipline. If at 1500m I fell, pushed by a French athlete, now I took my revenge and I defeated him. I’m glad I won this medal for Romania, even though it was very hard. Colleagues and supporters have been close to me and I felt it.”“I dedicate this medal to my parents. I want to thank the federation and the school where I trained. I badly want to take part in the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. I won’t compete for a medal but the important thing is to be present there,” Emil Imre stated, being quoted by Agerpres. Also on Tuesday, Germany’s Anna Ruprecht won the gold medal in the ski jump competition, the HS71 event, scoring a total of 225 points (jumps of 65 and 65.5 meters). Romania’s Dana Haralambie was 8th with 206 points (61.5 and 61.5 meters). On the same day, Germany’s Marion Deigentesch won gold in the women’s individual 10-km biathlon race, while Russia’s Anastasia Sedova won gold in the women’s 5-km classic cross-country skiing race.
EYOWF 2013: Skater Emil Imre – first gold medal for Romania
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