Not connected to the devices that kept it alive artificially, local sports live and move better and better. No miracle happened, neither in the squares nor in the offices where strategies are drawn up and money is distributed. Everything happened at the training grounds, where they worked hard and well. After the disappointment caused by the results of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, many athletes realized that they had to change something in their level of activity and this is already clear. Since we mentioned the Olympics, we have to admit that after this competition the great performers are taking longer vacations and it’s hard for them to get back in shape, but that doesn’t overshadow the results the athletes have in the past few days. Swimming, rowing, tennis, rowing, and gymnastics are the sports that have given the signal of rebirth this summer. There is obviously talent, and we still need work and some support from the authorities.
David Popovici has been talked about a lot and deservedly so. The young man seemed to come from another world, from every point of view. Preparation, performance, behavior, everything is at the highest level. After creating a sensation at the world championships and junior competition in Otopeni, Popovici also managed to make a splash at the European Championships in Rome, setting an astonishing world record in the 100 metres. Our delegation’s plans for the next Olympic Games have a fixed point, a teacher: David Popovici, whom they can “embroider” around a lot and in good health.
At the other end of the career path from Popovici is Simona Halep, who this summer managed to return to the WTA Top 10 after just a few months chasing her with the idea of retirement. Simona Halep is officially back in the WTA Top 10, according to the ranking published Monday. She ranked sixth after winning in Toronto with 3,255 points. The athlete scored from Constanta 9 ranks. The first positions in the ranking are as follows: 1. Iga Swiatek – 8,501 points, 2. Annette Kontaveit – 4476, 3. Maria Skari – 4190, Paula Padusa – 4.155, 5. Anas Jaber – 3,920. It is clear that Simona’s rise will not stop there, her recent data proves that her ambition is back and that she is able to right her mistakes in the game.
The rower achieved an unprecedented performance at the European Championships in Munich.
Romania has won eight medals: five golds (women’s double rowing, men’s double rowing, two women’s groups, women’s lightweight single row kayaks and 8+1 women’s) and three bronzes (women’s four rowers, four men’s kayaks and four men’s kayaks). Romania ranked second in the overall medal hierarchy. Only Great Britain with 6 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze was better, and Italy took third place with 4 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze.
Gymnastics, the great pride of local sport in the past 50 years, is also showing signs of coming back to life, and the future seems assured. The Romanian delegation concluded its participation in the European Championship in Munich without an adult medal, while the junior gymnasts won six medals, two of them gold. Ana Perboso, the only senior to qualify in the machine finals, finished eighth, last, on the bar (11.566) and fourth on the floor (13.633) on Sunday. The senior women did not receive any medals, and missed the team final (ninth place). Thus, Romania ended its participation in the European Championships in Munich with a total of 6 medals, won only by young gymnasts, as follows: silver with the team and in the single compound (Amalia Gigoartu), gold in the vault (Sabrina Voenia) and the floor (Amalia Puflea) and bronze on the crossbar ( Amalia Puflea) and floor (Sabrina Voinea). 147 senior gymnasts and 112 junior gymnasts from 37 countries are registered with the EC in Munich.
Table tennis, a sport that has achieved remarkable results in recent years, continues to produce medals for our country. Bernadette Szucks and Ovidiu Ionescu qualified for the semi-finals of the mixed doubles event, thus capturing Romania’s first medal at the 2022 European Senior Singles Table Tennis Championships, from Munich. In the semi-finals they met, after the conclusion of this version, the duo Robert Gardus / Sofia Bolkanova (Austria).
Followers of Evan Batzyshin showed last week that they can return to the highest level. Cătălin Chirilă won a gold and a silver medal at the Canoe Sprint World Championships in Halifax. Cirillo in Canada won the gold in the 1000m individual canoe and the silver medal in the 500m individual canoe.
This summer, it was clear that the local sport has huge potential, it just needs financial support and moral encouragement.