Romania has won its first gold medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, on Wednesday, in rowing, in women’s double sculls, through Ancuta Bodnar and Simona Radis, who have won outright Final A at the Sea Forest Waterway.
Bodnar and Radis, world vice champions (2019, Linz), led the race from start to end, winning with the time of 6 min 41 sec 03/100, setting the best Olympic time as well.
The previous performance was of Great Britain (6:44.33) and was set in 2012 in London.
The two Romanian women, at their first Olympic performance, are twice European champions in the event (Poznan 2020, Varese 2021).
Bodnar and Radis (flag bearer at the opening ceremony in Tokyo) brought the 20th gold medal of Romanian rowing at the Olympic Games. Romania took another 19 medals at the Olympic Games, 10 silvers and 9 bronze.
“It was a tough race, but very beautiful. We started motivated and we managed to bring the dream medal, I fulfilled my olympic dream here. We made proud all those back home and we are very happy about that,” said Ancuța Bodnar. “We also set the olympic record, we weren’t expect that, but we wanted very much”, she added.
“It is good that the first gold medal has come. We are happy we broke the ice for the gold medals. Team Romania has proved today that ti can, it is valuable. And these girls are incredible, they deserve all congratulations and all our respect for the way they won this race,” said Mihai Covaliu, president of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee.
Covaliu added that this medal was a long-expected one and voice confidence that many more will come.
Romanian men have also scored at rowing at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Romania’s team of men’s quadruple sculls won the silver medal, only three tenths of a second from grabbing the gold medal, which would have been a first.
Romania also won a silver medal at 2020 Olympic Games through veteran champion Ana-Maria Popescu grabbed the silver medal in the women’s individual epee fencing.