ProSport 25 – 2003. Valeriu Calancea and Otilia Bădescu, Romania’s heroes: “I solely mentioned God, assist me!”

2003 was a wealthy yr for Romanian sports activities. Leonard Doroftei gained the world boxing belt. 2003 can be the yr through which Otilia Bădescu turns into European desk tennis champion.
Otilia Bădescu certified for 4 editions of the Olympic Video games (Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004) till she retired from the game on the age of 37.

In 1991, Otilia Bădescu transferred to the Juroku Financial institution membership – then changing into the primary athlete from Europe to signal with an Asian membership. In simply 3 months, he achieved the primary main consequence – the bronze medal within the blended doubles occasion at CHIBA 1991, along with one other Romanian – Călin Creangă, who at the moment represented Greece in worldwide competitions.

Otilia gained her first senior bronze medal within the particular person occasion (WC, Goteborg 1993) – the primary medal for Romania in a serious competitors, 35 years after Maria Alexandru’s efficiency.

Valeriu Calancea and Otilia Bădescu, the heroes of Romania

Otilia Bădescu is within the “Corridor Of Fame” of desk tennis! Together with different gamers from Romania reminiscent of Ella Zeller Constantinescu, Angelica Rozeanu and Maria Alexandru
And the good weightlifter Valeriu Calancea units the very best efficiency of his profession this yr: two gold medals on the World Championship in Vancouver.

And the good weightlifter Valeriu Calancea units the very best efficiency of his profession this yr: 2 gold medals on the World Championship in Vancouver.
With an exercise of over 20 years behind him, the previous weightlifter was chosen in 2003 as the very best athlete of the yr. Nonetheless, few folks know that Valeriu Calancea arrived in Romania by crossing the border from the Republic of Moldova on foot.

The historical past of the longer term world and European champion is one among a film: he was born on November 18, 1980 in a household with seven kids of Filip and Nadejda, who met and labored all their lives on the Ciocana Cardboard Manufacturing facility, over Prut.

A person who decisively modified his life was the good Romanian champion Nicu Vlad. The Olympic champion from Los Angeles (1984) introduced the younger Bessarabian, in 1999, instantly after graduating from highschool, to town of Galati. From right here, from the sports activities membership “Dănărea”, Valeriu Calancea would attain the world elite of this sport.

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