Romania’s W2- crew (Camelia Lupascu and Nicoleta Albu) won the gold medal on Sunday at the European Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Agerpres informs. The crew dominated the 2,000-meter race from one end to the other and finished it in 7 minutes and 29.22 seconds. Belarus was second (7 minutes and 3.51 seconds) and Italy was third (7 minutes and 37.79 seconds).
Romania’s W8+ crew (Maria Bursuc, Ionelia Zaharia, Cristina Grigoras, Irina Dorneanu, Adelina Cojocariu, Andreea Boghian, Roxana Cogianu, Eniko Mironcic and Teodora Gidoiu) won the gold medal, finishing the 2,000-meter race in 6 minutes and 14.98 minutes. Belarus was second (6 minutes and 20.52 seconds) and Ukraine was third (6 minutes and 23.82 minutes).
Romania’s W4 crew (Cristina Ilie, Ioana Craciun, Camelia Lupascu and Nicoleta Albu) won the bronze medal, finishing the 2,000-meter race in 6 minutes and 41.61 seconds. Ukraine won the race (6 minutes and 32.75 seconds), followed by Poland (6 minutes and 35.30 seconds).
Romania’s M2- crew finished its race on 6th place. Cristi-Ilie Pirghie and Alexandru Palamariu had a good start but finished the 2,000-meter race on 6th place with a time of 6 minutes and 47.9 seconds. Greece won the gold medal (6 minutes and 31.63 minutes), followed by Italy (6 minutes and 34.26 minutes) and Serbia (6 minutes and 43.97 minutes).
Four other Romanian crews, two women’s crews and two men’s crews, entered Sunday’s finals.
The Romanian delegation’s goal at the European Championships in Plovdiv is to win 1 or 2 medals and have one of its crews finish on 4th-6th places.
Two Romanian women’s crews (W2- and W8+) qualified for the Olympic Games after recently participating at the European Championships in Bled.