Europe’s newest men’s floor champion Marian Dragulescu on Sunday said he is proud to have become Romania’s most decorated gymnast of all time as the same day he won his 31st medal, silver in men’s vault event of the 7th European Individual Gymnastics Championships in Cluj-Napoca.
“I have 31 medals now. I am Romania’s most decorated gymnast of all time – Olympic, European and world medals combined. And I am proud of this achievement. My biggest wish was for the public in Cluj-Napoca to sing along with me Romania’s national anthem, while the silver medal was some kind of a bonus. But I have certainly enjoyed it as well. I am happy that I am leaving this edition of the European championships chin up, that I have not disappointed anybody, and that I have brought joy to everybody,” said Dragulescu.
He said that vault gold medallist Artur Dalaloyan of Russia got lucky on Sunday: “Vault is like lottery. The Russian took risks, because I doubt if he vaults ten times more he will get three similar vaults. It takes a little good luck when competing in vault.”
Dragulescu went on to say that he will try to improve his floor and vault routines for the October 2-8 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Montreal, Canada: “These medals motivate me and make me trust my chances at the world championships. Anyway, I am considering improving both my floor and my vault routines. I still feel that I can successfully compete in both the European and the world competitions. I liked the hall in Cluj, and the public sent positive energy my way. I felt very well here and I am looking forward to other completions elsewhere in Romania.”
The gymnast on Sunday won silver in the men’s vault event of the European Championships hosted by the northwestern Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca, after one day previously he won the men’s floor European title.
Sunday’s medal is his 31st in his entire career. His tally comprises three Olympic medals (one silver and two bronze), ten world medals (eight gold and two silver) as well as 18 European medals (10 gold, six silver and two bronze). The only glaring miss is an Olympic gold.