Starting today to next Sunday, August 30, Beijing’s famous National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, will be hosting the 2015 World Championships in Athletics, the largest sporting event at the venue after the 2008 Summer Olympics. This year’s edition, the 15th, is taking place under a new leadership of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), with Sebastian Coe at the helm. Organisers say there will be a record 2,000 athletes at the start hailing from 214 countries and territories that are IAAF members.
Representing Romania will be 17 athletes (12 female and 5 male athletes), with marathon runner Marius Viorel Ionescu to be the first of the national team to compete, in the men’s marathon race scheduled for 07:35hrs local in order to avoid heat and especially the city’s smog.
Also on Saturday, Florina Pierdevara will be competing for qualification in the women’s 1,500-m race, while triple jumpers Cristina Bujin and Andreea Panturoiu will vie for the final of the women’s triple jump event.
The full composition of the Romanian team: female athletes – Alina Rotaru – long jump; Bianca Denisa Razor – 400 m, 4×400 m; Florentina Costina Marincu – long jump; Paula Claudia Todoran – marathon; Cristina Ioana Bujin – triple jump; Elena Andreea Panturoiu – triple jump; Andreea Grecu – 4×400 m, Florina Pierdevara – 1,500 m; Anamaria Ionita – 4×400 m; Mihaela Roxana Nunu – 4×400 m, Sanda Belgyan – 4×400 m; male athletes: Marian Oprea – triple jump; Mihai Donisan – high jump; Marius Viorel Ionescu – marathon; Marius Iulian Cocioran – 50 km march and Andrei Marius Gag – shot put.
There are 47 events, 24 for the male athletes and 23 for the female athletes, with the 50-km walk race kept for the men and discarded for the women.