Bellu expressed confidence in the potential shown by Catalina Ponor.
The Romanian women’s team finished the tri-nation competition that took place in Great Britain, the last test ahead of the World Championships in Tokyo, on second place, Agerpres informs. Great Britain was first and Portugal third.
Great Britain and Romania used their World Championship teams, a criteria needed to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games, while Portugal used only two gymnasts.
In the teams’ event, the British team, which included multiple world and European champion Elisabeth Tweddle, totaled 229.450 points, followed by Romania (227.900 pts), the Romanian Gymnastics Federation informs. In the all-round event, Romania’s Raluca Haidu won the vault event (14.725 pts) and Ana Porgras won the balance beam event (15.250 pts). Britain’s Hannah Whelan won the individual all-round event (57.950 pts), followed by Amelia Racea (57.300 pts) and Ana Porgras (57.050 pts). Britain’s Beth Tweddle won the uneven bars event (15.325 pts) and the floor event (14.950 pts). Sandra Izbasa, Olympic and European champion, did not take part in the floor event.
Octavian Bellu, the Romanian team’s coordinating head coach, stated that there is enough time left to give the finishing touches to the team before the World Championships: “It was a very useful competition for us. Now everyone is looking forward to the World Championships in Tokyo. It was important to test our level of preparation in front of referees, in line with competition standards, so that in the ten days left we can make the necessary adjustments and then, we hope, we can compete in Tokyo as best as possible.”
Bellu expressed confidence in the potential shown by Catalina Ponor (Olympic champion in 2004) in the three events she took part in. “She returned after four years and in the six months that passed since her return then she made a spectacular improvement. I believe she will continue to make progress so that she will be in top shape in London next year.”