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May 18, 2021

Romania’s women gymnastics team misses Olympics after uninterrupted presence since Munich ’72

The Romanian women’s gymnastics team missed qualification to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, placing 5th on Sunday after the first three out of four subdivisions of the Rio pre-Olympic tournament. It will be the first time since 1968 (Mexico City) when Romania does not have a women’s team in the games.

Romania, coached by Lucian Sandu, Adela Popa and Maria Fumea, lined up Diana Bulimar, Maria Holbura, Anamaria Ocolisan, Catalina Ponor, Dora Vulcan and Silvia Zarzu. They totalled 216.569 points after many failures, and were outrun before the last subdivision by Brazil, 226.477 points, Germany, 223.977 p, Australia, 218.428 p, and Switzerland, 218.336 p. South Korea ranked sixth with 202.428 p. Only the top four countries will send full five-woman teams to the Olympics.

This counter-performance mirrors the failure on Saturday, when Romania’s men’s team also failed to qualify to the August games.

Gymnastics is the sport that has brought Romania most medals in the Olympic Games: 25 gold, 20 silver and 26 bronze, in uninterrupted presences since 1972 (Munich).

Marian Dragulescu is the only Romanian gymnast qualified to the men’s Olympic competition, due to his world silver medal in the vault event; one man and one woman will get wild cards to the individual contests.

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