Romania wins three gold medals at FIG 2013 Doha World Challenge Cup
Romania’s gymnasts dominated the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) rankings at the 2013 Doha World Challenge Cup, as on Friday, the last day of the competition, it won three more gold medals: Larisa Iordache in the women’s beam event; Diana Bulimar in the women’s floor event and Andrei Munteanu, in the men’s parallel bars. Iordache also won silver in the women’s floor event. One day previously, Iordache won silver in the women’s vault event, while Flavius Koczi won the gold in the men’s floor event.
The Romanian gymnasts won one third of the medals in play – four 1st places and 2 2nd places, at the 50,000-US-dollar challenge in Dolha.
The first success of the day was scored by Larisa Iordache, who won the balance beam competition decisively, with 15.500 points for a routine of a 6.87 difficulty, the highest in the entire contest. Romania’s other finalist of the day, Diana Bulimar finished 4th in the same event.
Hosted by Antwerp Apollo, the latest model podium for the big competitions from now on, the women’s floor competition occasioned a double victory for Romania, as Diana Bulimar won the gold, with 14.675 points, and Larisa Iordache the sliver, 14.425 points. The bronze went to China’s Siqi Zeng – 14.050 points.
The surprise of the Romanian delegation, expected in a way after winning the gold in the men’s still ring event at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, Anderi Munetan outperformed himself, this time in the parallel bars, with a 15.225-mark, higher by more than one point than his 14.200 in the qualification rounds, ending the competition first. Second was South Korea’s Kim Hyok Jin, with a similar score, while third was China’s Qinhua Liao (15.000).