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Romania tops the rankings at the Balkan Athletics Championships

Romania tops the rankings at the Balkan Athletics Championships
Bucharest, August 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Daniel Stroe

Romania won 5 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze medals at the 74th edition of the Balkan Senior Athletics Championships, held Saturday and Sunday in Pitesti, a city in south-central Romania, finishing 1st in the nation rankings, with 267 points, with Turkey coming second - 205 points and Greece third- 163.5 points.

The Romanian athletes came in first both in the women's contests — for the 36th time out of 58 times when women's contests were held — and the men's contests, for the 19th time.

In the women's ranking, Romania won 138 points. It was followed by Greece (89.5 points) and Turkey (86 points), while in the men's ranking it won 129 points; Turkey was second with 119 points, while Croatia ended 3rd, with 84 points.

Below is the list of the Romanian medalists of the Balkan Senior Championships Pitesti 2015, according to the Romanian Athletics Federation:

gold: Bianca Razor (women's 400 m), Florina Pierdevara (women's 800 m), Florentina Marincu (women's long jump), 4x400 m women's relay (Sanda Belgyan, Florina Pierdevara, Anamaria Ionita and Bianca Razor), Andrei Gag (men's shot put)

silver: Catalin Campeanu (men's 100 m), Attila Nagy (men's 400 m hurdles), Ioan Zaizan (men's 1,500 m), Angela Morosanu (women's 400 m hurdles), Cristina Bujin (women's triple jump), Alexandru Firfirica (man's discus throw), 4x100 m women's relay and 4x100 m men's relay, Catalin Campeanu (men's 200 m) and Ancuta Bobocel (women's 5,000 m)

bronze: Lavinia Bulov (women's javelin throw), Sanda Belgyan (women's 400 m hurdles), Elena Panaet (women's 3,000 m steeplechase), Mihaela Nunu (women's 800 m), Elena Panturoiu (triple jump), Valentin Toboc (men's long jump), Florina Pierdevara (women's 1,500 m), Cristian Vorovenci (men's 800 m), Nicoleta Anghelescu (women's javelin throw), 4x400 m men's relay, Razvan Deliu (men's pole vault).

Two national records were also set in the hot atmosphere which has seen temperatures rising to 35 degrees, both recorded by Romanian athletes: in the senior men's shot put competition — Andrei Gag (20.96 m), and in the youth men's pole vault competition — Rares Deliu (5.20 m). Competing in this year's edition of the Balkan Senior Championships were 378 athletes — 171 women and 207 men.

The performance comes a month after Romania won 12 medals – 3 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze – at the European Games hosted by Baku in June where it sent a delegation of 147 sportsmen.

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