It’s all about rankings today, since at the end of each year national and local sports bodies, the sports press, the line federations and clubs produce their roundups, also compiling the year’s best athletes rankings.
For 2015, Marian Oprea has been designated CSM Bucharest’s best athlete. Oprea won the bronze medals at the Indoor European Championships and came in 6th at the World Championships. Oprea has also booked his ticket for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio. Defending women’s handball champions CSM Bucharest are the club’s best team, having already got through to the Champions League’s main round.
We move on to tennis, since the Romanian Tennis Federation has designated Simona Halep and Horia Tecau as the best tennis players of the year. In 2015, Halep won three consecutive tournaments, in Shenzhen, Dubai and Indian Wells. She also played the finals of the Toronto and Cincinnati tournaments, and reached as far as the semifinals of tournaments in Miami, Stuttgart, Rome and the US Open. The Romanian tennis player came in 2nd in the WTA final rankings, which is Simona’s best ranking ever so far.
In 2015, Horia Tecau and his doubles partner Jean Julien Rojer won three tournaments in Rotterdam, Wimbledon, and the Champions’ Tournament in London. The best women’s team was The Fed Cup lineup, made of Simona Halep, Irina-Camelia Begu, Monica Niculescu, Alexandra Dulgheru, Andreea Mitu, Raluca-Ioana Olaru and Sorana Cârstea.
Horia Tecau was also one of the awardees of Dinamo Bucharest sports club. Joining him were, among others, fencers Tiberiu Dolniceanu and Loredana Dinu, World Championship medallists. Then there were world vice-champion in judo Corina Caprioriu and Larisa Iordache, who won bronze in the World Gymnastics Championships all-round event.
(Translated by Eugen Nasta)