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Sandra is the Gold Medalist in the Floor Exercise Final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and a Bronze medalist with her team! She is also the All Around Champion of the 2008 Arthur Gander Memorial and the 2008 Nadia Comaneci Invitational.
2011 brought Sandra the European title on vault and floor!
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Sandra Izbasa, winner of the Chiasso City Award
Our Athlete SANDRA IZBASA participated in the women contest from the Arturo Grande Memorial where she won the 2008 edition. This time, Sandra Izbasa placed second in the general table, but was rewarded with the Chiasso City Award, the location for this years, 27th edition of the competition.
In the same contest participated important names in women gymnastics like Brevet Marine (France), Ferrari Vanessa (Italy), Hill Lisa Katharina (Germany), Kaeslin Ariella (Switzerland), Koval Anastasiia (Ukraine), Rijken Marlies (Netherlands), Zhang Yelinzi (China).
After a splendid performance, Sandra Izbasa took second place with 42.100 p, after Ariella Kaeslin from Switzerland with 42.500 p. The third place was taken by Vanessa Ferrari from Italy with 41,950 p.Her performance on the floor exercise was exquisite, and also the reason for receiving the Chiasso City Award.
Our girls mentain a tradition in claiming a spot on the podium with excellent performances: Sandra Izbasa (2008), Catalina Ponor (2004), Floarea Leonida (2002), Angela Ghimpu (1994, jumps), Gabriela Potorac (1988), Ecaterina Szabo (1986) – first place, Steliana Nistor (2006), Monica Rosu (2004), Maria Olaru (2000), Claudia Presecan (1998), Alexandra Marinescu (1996), Saniela Silivas (1986), Simona Pauca (1984) – second place 2, Monica Rosu (2002), Augustina Badea (1988) – third place 3
1. Kaeslin Ariella (Switzerland) 42.500
2. Izbasa Sandra (Romania) 42.100
3. Ferrari Vanessa (Italy) 41.950
4. Zhang Yelinzi (China) 40.650
5. Brevet Marine (France) 39.300
6. Koval Anastasiia (Ukraine) 39.100
7. Hill Lisa Kathari (Germany) 38.550
8. Rijken Marlies (Netherlands) 38.500
Sandra Izbaşa is encouraged by her coaches
Sandra Izbaşa, Olimpic Champion on Floor, is encouraged by her teammates and her coaches after she missed the podium at the World Championships in Rotterdam.
"Sandra has helped me a lot in this competition. Her encouragements have been beneficial, especially that she is more experienced. I am very sorry for what happened on floor, but I hope with all my heart that she will continue and show what she is capable of.
" Ana Porgras
"I think she has everything she needs to continue. It was just a competition, she had just returned after a very serious injury. To achieve the performances that made her famous there is still much work to do. She has the potential, the energy, and the name in order not to give up
", Octavian Bellu added.
Source: GSP, Translated by Bea Gheorghisor
Rotterdam: floor final
entered second in the floor final but her performance was not that good as expected, with two out-of-bounds she received only 13.983 pts, finishing on seventh place. Coming back after a bad injury, Sandra left the competition disappointed and crying for missing a medal on her favourite event.
The gold medalist was Lauren Mitchell from Australia, while Dianei Chelaru and Aliya Mustafina were coming second.
Source: 9AM News
Sandra's floor routine:
Romanian Team finished fourth
Russia, SUA and China is the team final podium, although every team had falls.
Romania finished on fourth
position even if all the girls had clean execution.Romanian Team results:
Sandra Izbasa: “I’m thinking about the team, not the medal”
Olympic champion Sandra Izbasa, who has qualified in the floor final for the 2010 Gymnastics World Tournament, is not thinking about the gold medal, her goal being to help as much as she can the team in the Wednesday finals. Sandra Izbasa suffered serious injuries just one year before the Rotterdam World Tournament, her training recommencing at the beginning of this year. The Beijing Olympic Champion was pleasantly surprised by the warmth with which the public appreciated her performance:
"It was a nice competition with a very friendly public. I wasn’t expecting so many Romanians in the public. It helped me a lot and it certainly helped the qualification process. I have so much experience I could have returned 5 years after, my absence did not matter so much. I enjoyed myself and I am very happy for managing to return amongst the elites. I could do better but, overall, I managed and had the evolution I wanted.
Sandra Izbasa has managed to qualify in the floor exercise finals but she is not thinking about that medal but about helping the team in the Wednesday finals:
"My only wish is to finish this competition in good health. I am not thinking about medals, I’m here just to help the team and that’s it. I don’t know how things will work out for the team finals; I know, though, that we have a strong team, full of potential. I trust that the girls will become even more valuable in the future.
Izbasa is avoiding talking about the 2012 Olympic Games:
"My current objective is to participate at the Rotterdam World Tournament. My future decisions don’t depend on how I do here, but on what I will decide to do in the future. I don’t know what to say about London, whoever asks me that is taking it too far...
Another very good competition for Sandra, in Switzerland she had the highest mark on floor - 14.800 (D 5.6) and a good score on beam - 14.500 (D 5.5) and vault - 14.250 (D 5.0). Team Romania finished in first place with 229.95 points, Germany on second (214.40 points) and Switzerland third with 210.30 points.
The list of gymnasts for the Rotterdam World Finals
On the 16th of October the best gymnasts the world has to offer will be arriving in Rotterdam to participate in the World Finals, a competition which is regarded as a criteria for the qualification for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The competition will take place in Ahoy Arena from Rotterdam between 16 and 24 of October. More than 70 nations will take place in the trials. Today, on September 22nd, is the last day the national federations are able to send lists for participation.
The Romanian Gymnastics Federation has sent the following list:
WAG: IZBASA Sandra
, PORGRAS Ana
, CHELARU Diana
, HAIDU Raluca
, PATRASCU Cerasela
, DRAGOI Gabriela
, RACEA Amelia
MAG: DRAGULESCU Marian, KOCZI Flavius, BUIDOSO Ovidiu, BATAGA Cristian, BUCUR Adrian, BERBECAR Marius, STANESCU Robert
3 finals, 3 medals
National Championships - 3 medals for Sandra: gold on floor (14.950) and vault (12.212 - FTY and 1,5Y) and silver on beam with 14.900.
Romanian Nationals - The first day
Sandra Izbaşa came back after a bad injury and showed us beautiful routines on 3 event. She got 14.400 on vault, 14.800 on beam and 15.150 on floor.
Izbaşa: "A new beginning"
How was the first competition?
With many emotions (laugs). It was a contest in which I took it over from the beginning, a new start.Did you expect to win?
Not really. Anybody wants to win, naturally, but I knew it was going to be difficult. I went there to see where I stand. This first place is only a small step in a stage of verification.How did you get the strength to come back?
From everybody's support, from the trust and the desire to show that such an injury is not always the end.Do you still think about the injury?
I try to get over it because it was a difficult time. The most difficult part has passed but I still have a lot of work to do.Mr. Bellu went to Ghent with you...
Yes, he encouraged us all the time, gave us instructions, tried, through his words, to scatter the nerves.Will you present the same floor routine at the Worlds as well?
Most of it yes. Only by then I will have had more repetitions, so more confidence.What's next?
The Nationals in Resita where I will compete on three events: vault, beam and floor
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