Cluj-Napoca, in central Transylvania, hosts the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships
The city of Cluj in central Transylvania is these days playing venue for the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships. The performance of the Romanian athletes participating in the competition has so far been below expectations, with only one Romanian gymnast qualified for the competition’s next stage. 36-year old Marian Dragulescu has made it to the finals of the vault and floor events. Dragulescu obtained 14.666 points, the qualifiers’ second best result in the floor contest, while in the vault event this veteran athlete mustered no less than 14.667 points.
In the women’s contest Larisa Iordache and Catalina Ponor have qualified for the beam finals. Iordache went first in the qualifiers with 14.566, while Ponor came fourth with 14.066. The apparatus finals are due on Saturday and Sunday.
Athletes from Romania’s delegation have already won a medal in the European Judo Championships underway in Warsaw, Poland. In the 48-kilogram category, Monica Ungureanu has won bronze, reiterating her 2016 performance in Kazan, Russia. Monica has secured an ippon win against Spanish challenger Cinta Garcia Mesa in the eighth finals, repeating the performance in the quarters against Maria Cerniak of Ukraine. She was stopped in her tracks though by Russia’s Irina Dolgova in the semifinals and had to fight a tie match against Noa Minsker of Israel for the bronze medal, which she nailed.
Thursday saw the beginning of the seventh leg of Romania’s domestic football championships, the play-off/play-out stage. On Thursday in Timisoara, western Romania, local side Poli clinched a one-nil win against Gaz Metan Medias.
Also in the play-out, Friday will see two games, Concordia Chiajna versus FC Voluntari and Pandurii Targu Jiu up against FC Botosani.
On Monday, Poli Iasi, on their own turf will be playing ASA Targu Mures, while in the play-off on Saturday in Giurgiu, local side Astra will be squaring up against CFR Cluj, while CSU Craiova plays in a home match Bucharest-based Dinamo. The two sides topping the table, FCSB and Viitorul Constanta, respectively will meet in Bucharest on Monday. FCSB, formerly known as Steaua Bucharest, tops the table, three points ahead of Viitorul.
(translated by: Daniel Bilt)