The Turkish town of Mersin late last week played host
to the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships. In the nations' competition presence
was scarce because of the ongoing sanitary crisis. The Romanian delegation was
made of four complete teams competing in the juniors but also in the seniors'
version of the contest. In the juniors' competition, Romania reigned supreme and
the Romanian gymnasts won all gold medals. Things were a little bit more
difficult for our senior gymnasts. In the qualifiers, Romania was at the top of
the table but in the teams' finals Ukraine came in first, while the Romanians had
to make do with silver. The gold medals went to the Romanian gymnasts who
competed in the apparatus pieces finals. Larisa Iordache came in first in the
beam and floor events and won silver in the vault event.
For her noteworthy performance in Mersin, Radio Romania International designated Larisa the Athlete of
In the beam event Larisa was way above her
challengers. However, in the floor event, the gold medal went to Larisa
Iordache as the result of the judges' scoring being contested. Before Larisa
proved her mettle in the competition, Turkey's Göksu Üçtaş was the top
performer, with 13,100 points. Larisa's execution was more difficult and her
performance was better, yet the Romanian came in 2nd, with 50
thousandths points less than Üçtaş. Double-check revealed that the difficulty
score for Larisa's execution was flawed from the beginning, so the Romanian got
13, 450 points, thus stepping onto the first step of the podium.
Larisa Iordache was born on 19 June, 1996 in
Bucharest. She took up high-level performance gymnastics with the Cetate Deva
National Sports College. Then Larisa was officially included in Romania's
Olympic pool of regulars. She made her debut in the top-level seniors' contest
in 2012 when she won three medals in the European Championships, gold in the
floor event and in the nations' competition and silver in the beam event. In
the London Olympics Larisa Iordache won silver in the nations' competition. In
2013, at the European Championships in Moscow, Larisa won gold in the beam
event, while in the all-around event she won silver in beam and floor events.
Also in 2013, in the World Championships held in Anvers, Larisa Iordache walked
away with bronze in the floor event. In 2014 she won gold in the European
Championships in Sofia, in the beam event and in the nations' competition.
Larisa also won silver in the beam event and bronze in the vault event. Larisa
Iordache's blazing trail includes the silver medal she won in in Nanning, in the
all-around and beam events, also in 2014, while in 2015, in the World
Championships in Glasgow, Larisa walked away with the bronze medal she won in
the all-around event. 2016 was not that fruitful for Larisa Iordache because
she sustained an injury. She secured her comeback in 2017, when she won bronze
in the beam event as part of the European Championships held in Romania's Cluj.
Larisa Iordache won gold in the all-around and floor events in the World
University Games held in Taipei. A couple of surgical operations she underwent
kept Larisa away from competition for about three years.