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March 5, 2021

Gymnastic: Romania wins 7 medals, one gold in Moscow

The Romanian delegation won a total of 7 medals at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Moscow last week-end: Larisa Iordache – gold in the balance beam event, silver in individual all-around, vault and floor events; Diana Bulimar – silver in the balance beam event, bronze in the floor event; Flavius Koczi – silver in the vault event. Larisa Iordache won the gold medal in the balance beam event on Sunday, with 15,266 points. Diana Bulimar was second with 14,833 points.

The same day, Larisa won the silver medal in the floor event, with 14,733 points, while Diana Bulimar won the bronze medal in the same event, with 14,533 points.

On Saturday Larisa Iordache won the silver medal in the vault event with an average of 14,466 points (14,900 on the first try and 14,033 on the second), in a tie with Netherlands’s Noel Van Klaveren (14,466 points). Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber won gold (14,750 points). Also on Saturday, Flavius Koczi failed to win any medal in the floor event, finishing on 4th place. On Friday Larisa Iordache had won silver in the individual all-around event (58,432 pts). Russia’s Aliya Mustafina won that event (59,032 pts), and Russia’s Anastasia Grishina was second (57,932 pts). Flavius Koczi opened the last special apparatus competition by winning silver with a well-deserved average of 14,887 points in a competition won by Russia’s Denis Abliazin (15,408 pts). Armenia’s Artur Davtian won bronze (14,866 pts). Having a problem with his thigh, Koczi chose to risk everything, especially since Russia’s Abliazin had obtained a very high score at first. The Romanian athlete chose two jumps of difficulty 6.00, obtaining 15.158 points for the first. With an ailing thigh, his starting grade was dropped to 5.600 on his second try, but it was enough for second place.


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