Gymnastics, European Championships: Marian Dragulescu wins gold medal in floor event

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The Romanian gymnast Marian Drăgulescu has won the gold medal in the floor event on Saturday at the European Championships, the first medal of the Romanian delegation at the competition hosted in Cluj-Napoca this week.

At the age of 36, the European and world champion was noted 14.500 points after his evolution.

The silver medal went to Dmitry Lankin (Russia) with 14.466 points, while the bronze was won by Alexander Shatilov (Israel – 14.400 points).

Marian Dragulescu had won the silver medal at the 2016 edition of the European Championships in Bern.

Gymnasts Ioana Crişan and Olivia Cîmpian, the first Romanian gymnasts who played in a final at the European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, finished on Friday on the 18th and 23rd places in the all-around contest, with a total of 51.032 points, respectively 50.106 points.

The European Artistic Gymnastics Championships unfolds during April 19-23 at the Polivalenta Hall in Cluj-Napoca, 60 years from the previous edition hosted by Romania. 274 gymnasts (168 at the male competition and 106 at the women) from 37 countries compete.

Romania is represented by 10 athletes in Europe. The female lot consists of Olivia Cîmpian, Ioana Crişan, Larisa Iordache and Cătălina Ponor and the male lot includes Marian Drăgulescu, Cristian Bățagă, Vlad Cotuna, Adelin Kotrong, Laurenţiu Nistor and Andrei Ursache.

Larisa Iordache and Cătălina Ponor will compete on Sunday in the beam final. Also on Sunday, in the men’s contest, Marian Drăgulescu will participate in the vault finals.

On Sunday, the final day of the European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, the following finals are scheduled: male – vault, parallel and bar; female – beam and floor (13.30h-16.40h).

At the last year’s edition of Bern, Romania won two silver medals in men’s competition , both by Marian Drăgulescu (floor and vault), and two bronze in females competition, both by Cătălina Ponor (floor and beam).

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