The European Multisport Championships, which took place for about two weeks in Munich, confirmed the growth of the value of many sports in Romania. Our country ranked ninth in medals, one of the best performances in history.
The crew of 8+1 are European champions once again (Photo: EPA)
Over the course of 11 days, no less than 4,700 athletes from 50 countries competed in 14 of the 9 Olympic sports in Munich. With eight continental titles and 15 medals in total, the continental and world sporting powers have outstripped only Romania. The host nation, Germany, led the medal standings, with 60 appearances on the podium. These include 26 gold, 20 silver and 14 bronze medals. In second place was Great Britain also with a total of 60 medals, but only 24 gold, 19 silver and 17 bronze, and Italy took third place with a total of 51 medals, including 14 gold, 18 silver and 19 bronze.
In the case of Romania, the “lion’s share” was cut, as was expected, by the rowing representatives. The specialty has been at the top of the Romanian international shows for several years. They have won 5 continental record titles, in the women’s rowing doubles, women’s rowing doubles, men’s double rowing groups, women’s lightweight single, and women’s 8+1. The best record of Roman rowing in European history, a reaffirmation of the tricolor school in the sport. It was an extraordinary surprise for athletics, as they managed to win their first European title after a break of 20 years! The heroine was called Bianca Gilber, who managed to assert herself decisively in the final hammer throw, and settled at the top of the ranking immediately after the first attempt in the final. Student of the great Champion Mihaela Milente, she managed to force herself on the same court as Ionella Terlia in 2002 triumphed in the 400m hurdles and won the last Romanian gold in a sport that has brought us so much past fun. The title that made us very happy was Bernadette Szucks’ title in table tennis. She won the doubles, along with Austrian Sofia Bolkanova, in a final against a 100% Romanian pair, Elisa Samara/Andrea Dragoman. But the all-women table tennis competition was historic for us, because Adina Diacono, who partnered with Maria Xiao, of Spain, was on the third stage of the podium.
And Cătălin Chirilă won the last gold, from a chronological point of view, in the Canoe 1000. A victory that made us happy, but we have to admit that was predictable, Cătălin was none other than the event’s world champion, a title he won two weeks ago in Canada. But the medal that reaffirms the extraordinary value of our canoe.
In two years, the Olympic Games will be held in Paris
She won silver medals in table tennis. Aside from the Elisa Samara/Andrea Dragoman duo, women’s doubles Bernadette Szucks and Ovidiu Ionescu also moved up to the second division of the podium, in mixed doubles.
Cătălin Chirilă, in a 500-meter canoe, three rowboats (four men’s and four men’s and women’s rowers), as well as Adina Diaconu, of table tennis, in the doubles event, won the bronze medal.
Given that many of these medals have been won in events that will also be on the Olympic programme, the results from the mid-Olympic cycle are more than encouraging from the perspective of the 2024 Olympics in Paris. The purpose of competitions two years prior to the Olympics is usually to allow coaches to make the necessary adjustments to first optimize Olympic qualifications and then to successfully participate in the actual Games.
I also won 3 titles at the European Swimming Championships in Rome
Even if they were not part of the European multi-sport championships in Munich, in the same period the European Swimming Championships was held in Rome. Where Romania won at least three titles. Two of them were earned by world swimming phenomenon, David Popovici, who won the 100m freestyle and 200m freestyle, thereby doubling his successes at the world championships. Then, another Popovici, but Konstantin – nothing to do with them – became the first European champion in the history of high jumps (27 m). He beat another Romanian, Cătălin Preda, who won the silver medal.