Romanian athlete Georgeta Popescu has
walked away with gold from the one-woman bobsleigh race at the Youth Winter
Olympics in Laussane. Popescu's time in the two rounds of the competition stood
at 2 minutes, 26 seconds and 84 hundredths. Viktoria Cernanska of Slovakia came
second and Celine Harms of Germany ended the race on the third position.
Another athlete from Romania Antonia
Sarbu came 13th in the same competition. This is the second medal
won by the Romanian delegation after the bronze reaped by Ramona Ionel in the
speed-skating relay race on Wednesday.
Romanian women's side Magura
Cisnadie came a cropper 33-22 in an away match against Danish side Kobenhavn
Handball. Cisnadie has lost all the matches they played in the competition's
groups. In the same group, Siofok of Hungary ended in a 30-all draw their match
against the Croatians from Podravka Koprivnica.
Siofok ranks first in the group's
ranking with five points followed by Koprivnica also with five, Kobenhavn with
two and Cisnadie with no points. Cisnadie will be playing Kobenhavn again on
January 26th, which will also see the return game pitching Podravka
In group C Gloria Bistrita-Nasaud
has lost to another Danish side Odense Handbold 19-25 in an away game.
Hungarian side ERD has secured a 29-24 win against MKS Lublin of Poland. Odense
comes first in the ranking with 6 points, followed by ERD with 3, Bistrita with
2 and MKS with one. Gloria will be up against Odense in a home game on January
26th, while the Polish side will be playing on their own turf the
Hungarians from ERD.
Romanian tennis player Sorana
Cirstea has qualified for the second round of Australian Open, the year's first
grand slam tournament, after a 6-2, 7-6 win against the Czech challenger
Barbora Strycova. Cirstea's next opponent will be the young US player Cori
Gauff, who comes after a 7-6, 6-3 win against Venus Williams.
Another three Romanians are on the
competition's main draw; Simona Halep, who will be up against Jennifer Brady of
the US, Irina Begu, who will be playing Kiki Bartens of the Netherlands and
Monica Niculescu, who will take on Alize Cornet of France.
(translated by bill)