Romanian gymnastics coaches Octavian Bellu and Mariana Bitang have set a new new world record for being the World’s Most Successful Coaches (Duo), according to the World Record Academy.
Bellu and Bitang worked together at the Romanian Gymnastics national team during 1993-2005 and 2010-2015, while helping Romania win five consecutive team gold medals at the World Championships from 1994 to 2001 and team gold medals at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics; their teams have combined to win a total of 305 medals at the European and World Championships and Olympic Games.
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Highly successful, the Romanian coach Octavian Bellu (born 17 February 1951) led the team to five world and two Olympic titles, as well as coaching numerous individual gold medalists – since 1990, Romania has been the most successful women’s gymnastics power.
While he served as national coach in Deva from 1990–2005, the national team won five consecutive world titles, from 1994–2001, and two Olympic team gold medals, in 2000 and 2004. Bellu’s gymnasts were dominant in the 2004 Olympic Games, winning four of the six available gold medals.
Octavian Bellu also coached such accomplished gymnasts as Lavinia Miloșovici, Andreea Răducan, Monica Roșu, Simona Amânar, Gina Gogean, Cătălina Ponor, Sandra Izbașa and Larisa Iordache. During his time as head coach, his teams have combined to win 82 world (59) and Olympic (23) medals.
In 2007, the World Record Academy recognized coach Octavian Bellu as the world’s most successful coach, with 16 Olympic gold medals and a total of 279 medals at the European and World Championships and Olympic Games.
Mariana Bitang (born August 3, 1962 in Râmnicu Sărat) was a coach for the Romanian national women’s artistic gymnastics team. Along with her partner, Octavian Bellu, she helped Romania win five consecutive team gold medals at the World Championships from 1994 to 2001 and team gold medals at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics.
Mariana Bitang received many awards, was decorated few times by Romanian Presidents and received the highest honors from the Romanian Olympic Committee and International Gymnastics Federation.