TABLE TENNIS- Romania wins medal in table tennis! Ovidiu Ionescu won the silver in the men’s competition at the European Championships (the individual events) hosted by the Spanish city of Alicante. He lost the final to the many times European champion Timo Boll from Germany, a true legend in table tennis. The last time Romania won a silver medal in the men’s European Championships was 58 years ago, when Radu Negulescu climbed the podium in Zagreb, in 1960.
CYCLING- The Romanian road cyclist Sergey Tsvetkov on Sunday won the 51st edition of the Tour of Romania. The last stage, which took place in Bucharest, was won by Turkey’s Onur Balkan. In the general classification, Tsvetkov is followed by Onur Balkan, 12 seconds behind, and Poland’s Mateusz Grabis, 20 seconds behind. The Tour of Romania, whose first edition was held in 1934, was resumed after a 5-year break. The last time a Romanian cyclist had won it was in 2011, thanks to Andrei Nechita. This year’s race was included in the UCI calendar, had five stages and covered a total distance of 718 km. 19 teams took part, including four national teams,
TENNIS- The Romanian tennis player Dragos Dima won the Sibiu Open challenger tournament worth 43,000 Euros in prize money. In the final on Sunday, he defeated the Dutch player Jelle Sels, 6-3, 6-2. 26-year-old Dima won 6,190 Euros and 80 ATP points. This is the biggest title in his career, having only won 8 futures tournaments before. Following his win in Sibiu, he went up more than 100 places in the ATP ranking, from 394 to 279.
FOOTBALL- The 9th leg of the first Romanian football league was held over the weekend. On Friday, Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe drew 1-all at home against FC Voluntari, while Poli Iasi defeated Dinamo Bucharest 1-nil at home. Three matches were held on Saturday. In Targu Mures, CFR Cluj defeated FC Hermannstadt 1-nil. Concordia Chiajna defeated FC Botosani 2-nil away. In the evening, Universitatea Craiova defeated Viitorul Constanta 2-nil at home. Only one match was held on Sunday. FCSB defeated Dunarea Calarasi 2-nil in Voluntari. In the final match of the leg on Monday, Astra Giurgiu face Gaz Metan Medias. FCSB top the current standing with 18 points, followed by CFR Cluj with 16. (Translated by C. Mateescu; edited by D. Vijeu)