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March 30, 2023

Rio 2016-Romania’s Ponor advances to women’s beam final: I’ll be competing in Olympic beam final; it feels like a dream

Romanian artistic gymnast Catalina Ponor has advanced to the women’s beam final at the ongoing Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games and will compete for a medal on August 15.

Ponor won a score of 14.900 in qualification 2 round, finishing 5th in the final ranking. Competing in the final will be the best eight: Simone Blies (USA) – 15.633, Laurie Hernandez (USA) – 15.366, Flavia Saraiva (BRA) – 15.133, Sanne Wevers (NED) – 15.066, Catalina Ponor (ROU) – 14,900, Fan Yilin (CHI) – 14,866, Aly Raisman (USA) – 14.833 and Gabby Douglas (USA) – 14.833.

Ponor has also unsuccessfully tried to win a spot in the women’s floor final.

In Saturday’s qualification rounds, Romania’s artistic gymnast Marian Dragulescu, 35,  advanced to the August 15 men’s vault final while his teammate Andrei Munteanu made it to the men’s parallel bars final scheduled for August 16.


“I feel like I am dreaming! 29 years, 3 years away from gymnastics…”


Catalina Ponor says she feels like dreaming after making it to the women’s beam final at the artistic gymnastics competition of the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games, given that she returned from a three-year absence due to a serious Achilles tendon injury.

“I’ll be competing in an Olympic beam final and I feel like I am dreaming! 29 years, 3 years away from gymnastics; I returned to the gym in April 2015 after surgery on Achilles tendon, 5 months of recovery and the moment now, my only chance of getting what I wish for! Yes, I am dreaming a dream. And there is just one final competition before I make it true. I hope it from the bottom of my heart! Go Romania!” Ponor says in a Facebook post in Romanian.


Gymnast Dragulescu: Together we’ve made it to three finals, hope to bring joy Aug 15 and 16


In a Facebook post on Monday, Romanian gymnast Marian Dragulescu said Romania’s school of gymnastics has three athletes competing in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games finals, voicing hopes that together with fellow gymnasts Andrei Muntean and Catalina Ponor he will bring joy to their fans in the country.

“Thank you for having been and still being with us! Together we have made it to three finals. We hope to bring you joy on finals days August 15 and 16! Go Romania!” Dragulescu said in his post.






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