On Sunday in Rome, the European Junior Swimming Championships came to a close. The Romanian team came home with 3 gold medals and a silver one. All the 3 European champion titles went to16-year old David Popovici, who won the 50, 100 and 200 m freestyle races, setting new junior world records in the latter 2 events. The silver medal went to the men’s freestyle relay team, which apart from Popovici also included Mihai Gergely, Ştefan Cozma and Patrick Dinu.
The Romanian tennis player Elena Gabriela Ruse won her first WTA trophy this Sunday. She won the Hamburg tournament after defeating the German Andrea Petkovic, 7-6, 6-4 in the final. Ruse, number 198 in the world prior to this tournament, defeated among others seed no. 1 Daiana Iastremska of Ukraine. The Romanian won 299 WTA points, going up to 133 in the world ranking.
In the second leg of the Champions’ League qualifying first round, Romanian football champions CFR Cluj are playing this Tuesday away from home against the Bosnian team Borac Banja Luka. CFR won 3 - 1 the first leg, played last week on home turf. Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Cluj side missed the chance to win Romania’s Super Cup, as they lost to Universitatea Craiova after penalty kicks.
On Thursday, 15 July, Romania’s football League One kicks off with a game between FC Botoşani and FCSB. On Friday, Academica Clinceni take on Sfântu Gheorghe away from home, while CFR Cluj play at home against FC “U” Craiova. On Saturday, CS Mioveni take on Gaz Metan Mediaş, and Universitatea Craiova face FC Argeş on home turf. On Sunday, UTA Arad play at home against Farul Constanţa, while Rapid Bucureşti are pitted against Chindia Târgovişte. The leg concludes on Monday, 19 July, with Dinamo Bucharest vs. FC Voluntari. (tr. A.M. Popescu)