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Romania at the Olympic Games -The Story of the first medal for Romania
Romania at the Olympic Games -The Story of the first medal for Romania

, 31.03.2020, 13:45

This year marks
96 years since the first Olympic medal grabbed by Romania. This happened in
1924 in Paris, at the seventh edition of the Games. Romania was represented in
four sports: football, tennis, shooting sport and rugby. Without any support
from the authorities, most athletes traveled to Paris by train, third-class,
paying for their own tickets or with the help of clubs they were part of. In
France, our athletes grabbed underpar results in tennis and shooting sport. In
shooting sport, our best result was 13th place in the air rifle
event. In tennis, our players did not make it past the second round, neither in
the singles, nor in the doubles. In football, Romania played a single game,
losing nil-6 to the Netherlands. In rugby, a total of three teams were enrolled
in the competition: France, the United States and Romania. Romania’s enrolling in the competition was
key to the tournament, and our country had the honor of playing the opening
match on May 4, 1924, on the Olympic Stadium in Colombes. France win 59-3,
scoring 13 tries, of which 4 by Adolphe Jaureguy. Romania scored its only
points through Teodor Florian, who converted a penalty kick. There are actually
some sources saying that Florian scored a try.


Then in the
match against the United States, Romania was feverishly encouraged by the
French fans, as they saw the US as the main contender for the Olympic title.
Their support did little to help however, Romania losing 39-nil. The United
States eventually went on to win the final 17-3 against the host team, France.
Romania however ranked 3rd in the final standings, thus winning
bronze, the first Olympic title for Romania.


(Translated by
V. Palcu)

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