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May 23, 2022

Romanian gymnasts leave for London

Nadia Comaneci carried Olympic torch.

Romania’s gymnastic teams (women’s and men’s) left for London on Saturday, the city that will host the Olympic Games starting on July 27. “Each of us contributed and I believe we did everything to show up honorably in London. We have gymnasts from three different generations: I hope this mix of freshness and experience will bring us satisfactions,” coach Octavian Bellu stated, hotnews.ro informs. “Only God knows what will happen in London. Let’s hope we will win medals. Let’s not forget that several years ago we were no longer part of the world’s elite,” assistant coach Mariana Bitang stated. World and Olympic champion Nadia Comaneci carried the Olympic Torch on Saturday on the North Greenwich Arena, thus joining the more than 140 personalities that took part in Saturday’s relay, personalities such as football player Fabrice Muamba, singer Dizzee Rascal, athlete Phillips Idowu and former basketball player John Amaechi, BBC informs. “I will be here throughout the Olympic Games and I will watch gymnastics, tennis, athletics and swimming competitions,” Nadia Comaneci stated. The Olympic Torch reached new heights on Sunday as it was held aloft on the London Eye. Amelia Hempleman-Adams, who became the youngest person to ski to the South Pole aged just 16, grinned from ear to ear as she held the flame on top of a capsule on board the giant wheel, according to “The Guardian”. Illuminated by early morning sunshine, the daughter of adventurer David Hempleman-Adams held on tight as she raised the torch above the sleepy capital shortly after 8am.The stunt was suggested to the teenager, who told the BBC: “I decided to see what I’d have to do, thought about it and decided to do it. “It was amazing to look out and see the whole of London.”The flame will later be carried by former world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis as it makes its way through the London boroughs of Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Bexley on day 65 of the relay. It began the day at Redbridge Cycling Centre, where the first torchbearer of the day, Luke Benjafield, 20, from South Woodford, carried the flame through a corridor of cyclists from local clubs.The torch was then taken across Fairlop Lake in a boat accompanied by London Youth Games sailors.

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