Athlete of the Week on RRI - Handballer Cristina Neagu

athlete of the week on rri - handballer cristina neagu Cristina Neagu had another stellar performance in Champions League

In the women's Champions League, the Romanian handball club CSM Bucharest is one of the favourites of Group A. On Sunday, the Romanian vice-champions defeated Ferencváros Budapest of Hungary at home, score 25-19. The team from Bucharest is in 3rd place, with 6 points in four games. Vipers Kristiansand of Norway is top of the group tables, followed by Rostov-Don of Russia, both teams with seven points in four games. CSM Bucharest lost only to Vipers on October 10, a match when CSM could not field its top player, Cristina Neagu, who tested positive for COVID-19. On Sunday, Neagu returned to the lineup and had a crucial contribution to the win, scoring six goals, the very difference on the scoreboard. For her remarkable performance we have designated Cristina Neagu Athlete of the Week on Radio Romania International.



Cristina Neagu was born in Bucharest on August 26, 1988. She made her debut with a local sport club. As a youth player she was designated best player in the world on several occasions, starting 2005, when Romania won silver at the European Under-21 Championships in Austria. In 2006 she was signed by Rulmentul Braşov, then she moved to Oltchim Râmnicu Vâlcea. In 2010, she got all the way to the Champions League finals, together with her club, Oltchim. After the club was disbanded, she moved to Buducnost Podgorica in Montenegro, where in 2015 she won Champions League. Since 2017 she has been playing for CSM Bucharest.



Her record sheet at the national team includes a bronze medal at the European Championships hosted by Denmark and Norway in 2010, and another bronze medal at the World Cup in Denmark in 2015. The International Handball Federation designated Neagu best handballer in the world in 2010, 2015, 2016 and 2018. Neagu thus became the first handballer in history to win this trophy four times.

(Translated by V. Palcu)



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