Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos congratulated on Saturday the Romanian women’s epee team and the men’s tennis pair who won the first medals for Romania in the Rio Olympics, showing that “any performance of this caliber unites us and brings us joy.”
“Yet the joy is far greater as the performances were team efforts. The fencers and tennis players issue us a great lesson that we must assume and put into practice. The message of our athletes is valuable because it shows that we can have impressive results when we all work together in the same direction as a team. Thank you and congratulations to Simona Gherman, Ana Maria Popescu, Simona Pop, Loredana Dinu, Florin Mergea and Horia Tecău. Congratulations also for the individual performance of weightlifter Gabriel Sincraian,” said Ciolos on Facebook.
The Romanian women’s epee team took home the gold medals on Thursday after defeating China, the title holder, in the final, by 44 to 38. Romanian tennis players Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau took home the silver medals in the men’s doubles tournament, on Friday, after being defeated in the final by Spaniards Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal, by 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
Rio 2016 – Rowing: Bronze medal for Romanian women’s coxed eight
Romania’s women’s coxed eight crew gained the bronze medal, on Saturday, in the rowing event taking place during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The crew formed by Roxana Cogianu, Ioana Strungaru, Mihaela Petrila, Iuliana Popa, Madalina Beres, Laura Oprea, Adelina Bogus, Andreea Boghian and Daniela Druncea clocked in at 6 minutes 4 seconds and 10 hundredths of a second.
The gold medals went to the US team (Emily Regan, Kerry Simmonds, Amanda Polk, Lauren Schmmeterling, Tessa Gobbo, Meghan Musnicki, Eleanor Logan, Amanda Elmora, Katelin Snyder) with 6 minutes 1 second and 49 hundredths of a second, while silver went to the United Kingdom team (Katie Greves, Melanie Wilson, Frances Houghton, Polly Swann, Jessica Eddie, Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Karen Bennett, Zoe Lee, Zoe De Toledo) with 6 minutes 3 seconds and 98 hundredths of a second.
Our rowers started out modestly and lagged behind in 5th after 500 and 1000 meters, while at 1500 meters they dropped to last place. The final sprint brought them the bronze medal, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal.
Romania took its 38th medal in rowing at the Rio Olympics, of which 19 are gold, 10 silver and 9 bronze. In the 2012 games in London, Romania gained no medals in rowing. In the women’s coxed eight event, Romania’s previous medal came in 2008 in Beijing, also bronze. The last gold medal by Romania in the women’s coxed eight event was gained in Athens in 2004.
In the Rio 2016 games, Romania has accumulated four medals, gold through its women epee team, silver through tennis pair Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau in the men’s double event, and bronze through weightlifter Gabriel Sincraian (85 kg category) and the women’s coxed eight team.