Last week saw the Romanian swimming delegation
walking home with a new medal. The recipient of the medal was Robert Glinta who
won it last week at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in
Copenhagen, Denmark. For his most notable feat, Radio Romania International
designated Glinta Athlete of the Week.
Robert Glinta competed in the 100 and 50-meter backstroke events. In the former
event, Glinta made it to the final clocking 50 seconds and 30 hundredths, a new
national record and, in descending order, the third timing of the semifinals.
In the final, Robert Glinta overcame his limitations and yet again broke the
national record, clocking 49 seconds and 99 hundredths. The gold medal went to
Russia's Kliment Kolesnikov, who
finished the race in 48 seconds and 99 hundredths, while the silver went to
Italian swimmer Simone Sabbioni, who clocked 49 seconds and 68 hundredths.
In the 50 meter backstroke final, Robert Glinta came
5th. Another Romanian, Cătălin-Paul Ungur came in 7th in
the same event. The two Romanians broke the national record in the
aforementioned event three times, according to Agerpres news agency. Ungur was
the first one, in the competition's series stage, with 23 seconds and 52
hundredths. Robert Glinta followed, winning the first semi-final in 23 seconds
and 21 hundredths. Then once again Glinta broke the record in the finals,
clocking 23 seconds and 19 hundredths.
Robert Glinţǎ was born on April 18, 1997 in Pitesti,
southern Romania. He took up sports at a very early age. Robert first took up
karate, then he moved on to swimming. Robert Glinta broke dozens of national
records, both in the under 18 and under 21 and seniors' categories. Robert was
the only Romanian swimmer to have reached as far as the finals in the 2016
edition of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Back then Robert's best
result was the 8th-place in the 100m backstroke, a race that he
finished in 53 seconds and 50 hundredths.