The Romanian boxer Lăcrămioara Perijoc qualified on Wednesday to the final of the 54 kg category of the World Women's Boxing Championships in Istanbul. In the semifinal, the Romanian defeated Dina Jolaman, from Kazakhstan, score 4-1 on points. Perijoc can thus equal the performance of her coach, Mihaela Cijevschi Lăcătuş, who won Romania's first world title in women's boxing in 2005, in Podolsk, Russia. In the final scheduled for Friday, Lăcrămioara Perijoc will be up against Hatice Akbas, from Turkey. This year's European youth champion in the 52 kg category, the Turkish athlete defeated Thai Preedakamon Tintabthai 5-0 in the semifinals.
Romania lined up a team of five athletes at the start of the competition, but Steluţa Duţă, in the 48 kg category, Eugenia Anghel, in the 50 kg category Claudia Nechita, in the 57 kg category, and Alexandra Petcu, in the 81 kg category have already left the tournament. The women's world championships in Istanbul have prizes up for grabs worth 2.4 million dollars, with the gold medalist receiving 100,000 dollars, the silver medalist 50,000 dollars and the bronze medalist 25,000 dollars.
We stay in the field of boxing and remind you that Romania will be represented by three athletes in the 2022 edition of the European Championships for seniors, which start on Monday in the Armenian capital, Yerevan. Andrei Paul Arădoaie will compete in the 86 kg category, Răzvan Cristian Filip in the 92 kg category, and Constantin Emanuel Mican in the + 92 kg category. All three come from Dinamo Bucharest and go to the European championship together with coach Dumitru Dorobanţu. The competition ends on May 31.
Now news from tennis. In the quarterfinals of the doubles competition of the WTA 250 tennis tournament in Strasbourg, with total prizes of 200 thousand Euros, the Romanian-Ukrainian pair Raluca Olaru/Nadia Kicenok was defeated by the Czech-Indian couple Lucie Hradecka/Sania Mirza 6-3, 7-6. Also on Wednesday, Irina Bara and Mihaela Buzărnescu managed to advance to the last round of the qualifications on the main singles table of the Roland Garros Grand Slam tournament. Bara defeated 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 the French player Selena Janicijevic, and Buzărnescu defeated Swiss Susan Bandecchi, 6-3, 6-3.
Next, news from chess. Warsaw, Poland, is hosting these days the second stage of the Grand Chess Tour 2022: Superbet Rapid & Blitz Poland. The competition has prizes worth 175 thousand dollars. Romania will be represented by the young international master David Gavrilescu, aged 17. The winner of the first prize will receive 40 thousand dollars. (LS)