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January 21, 2022

European Athletics Champs: Marian Oprea wins silver medal

At the end of last week Marian Oprea won Romania’s second silver medal at the 20th edition of the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona. Oprea finished second in the triple jump event, his 17.51-metre jump also being his personal best this season. Britain’s Phillips Idowu won the event with a 17.81-metre jump, the result being his personal best too. France’s Teddy Tamgho won bronze with a 17.45-metre jump.

“The event was a bit stressful because of the weather conditions. I found my rhythm only on my fifth try when I scored my personal best. I am happy to win silver because I came here after surgery and a year filled with injuries and I didn’t have great expectations. I am happy but I hope I’ll win gold next time,” Oprea stated after the event.

The Romanian athlete spent most of the last three years in hospitals and recovery wards, undergoing several surgeries on his left leg. Born in Pitesti 28 years ago, Oprea is a member of Dinamo Bucharest Club. His sports record also includes a silver medal (Athens Olympics, 2004) and two bronze medals won at the World Championships and the European Championships (Goteborg, 2006).

Romanian athletes’ other results

Romanian marathon runner Lidia Simon finished the 42.195-kilometre classic race on 12th place, crossing the finish line after 2 hours, 36 minutes and 52 seconds. Lithuania’s Zivile Balciunaite won the race in 2 hours, 31 minutes and 14 seconds. Russia’s Naila Iulamanova finished on second place (2 hours, 32 minutes and 15 seconds), followed by Italy’s Anna Incerti (2 hours, 32 minutes and 48 second). Simon ran 25 kilometres very well but the high temperature and humidity (27 degrees Celsius and 68 per cent respectively) weakened her when Balciunaite unleashed her attack close to the 30th kilometre, the Agerpres correspondent informs.

Romania’s Bianca Perie, the youngest athlete to reach the hammer throw final, finished on 4th place with a 71.62-metre throw. The event was won by Germany’s Betty Heidler (76.38 metres), followed by Ukraine’s European title holder Tatiana Lisenko (75.65 metres) and Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk (holder of the world record; 73.34 metres).

omania’s Angela Morosanu finished the 400-metre hurdles race on 5th place. She was on second place when entering the last stretch but poorly tackled the last 2 hurdles, finishing on 5th place although many specialists had considered her a favorite to winning the gold medal.

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