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Scores that were not added to the team total (Prosport): Diana Chelaru beam: 13.550; Amelia Racea floor: 13.800; Raluca Haidu bars: 13.950.
"Sandra Izbasa warmed up together with her teammates but then did not compete. Octavian Belu told me after the competition that she was in good shape but that the floor was quite hard (no podium) and they had decided to protect her not to risk anything." - TCG
On Saturday, France will welcome junior and senior squads from Romania for a dual meet in the northwestern city of Cholet. World medalist Youna Doufournet headlines the French lineup, which will go head-to-head with Romania's top team: Diana Bulimar, Diana Chelaru, Raluca Haidu, Larisa Iordache, Sandra Izbasa, Catalina Ponor, and Amelia Racea.
Izbasa, who missed the 2011 Worlds with a sore Achilles' tendon, is training for the all-around again, said coach Octavian Bellu.
"Sandra is training normally on all four events", Bellu told a Romanian newspaper. "As this European championships is not for the individual all-around, we will decide shortly before the competition which events Sandra will compete".
Though several nations will challenge for medals in Brussels, Russian remains the team to beat, Bellu said.
"Basically there is no change in this regard", he said. "It's clear that Russia will be our biggest adversary".
Source: International Gymnast Magazine Online
SENIORS Mira Boumejmajen Manon Cormoreche Clara Della Vedova Youna Doufournet Anne Kuhm Valentine Sabatou Sophia Serseri Coaches: Eric Demay Cecile Demay
Sandra Izbaşa, recovering with the help of a modern device
Still recovering after her left knee injury, Sandra Izbasa, 21, is already back in the gym at Izvorani. The Beijing Olympic champion is catching up with her physical preparation, wears a special orthosis and is hopes to speed up her recovery with the help of a special device brought especially for her from Viena. Sandra has been slowed down but not stopped in her road to the 2012 London Olympic podium. She has started to get over the injury she suffered last Thursday on bars and is pushing to get back on the apparatus. Diagnosed with an injury on the internal collateral ligament of her left knee, she was sent to Viena to be consulted by doctor Reinhard Weinstabl.
“We wanted to have a second opinion, just to be sure. We tried to check if there was any speedier recovery method so that she didn´t have to spend 10 days with the orthesis if we could help her get well faster. We are being pressured by time...” Adrian Stoica, president of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation, explains.
Bellu: „There is no point in forcing her“
Sandra returned from the Austrian capital with a confirmation of the initial diagnosis and with the hope of a faster recovery, with the help of an electrotherapy device. “The doctor advised us to use it as it was made for this type of injury. It is easy to carry and it will be of help in future cases.” Octavian Bellu declared.
The light impulse this devise uses will speed up the recovery by reducing the edema and the Olympic champion is doing 2 sessions a day. “Sandra is fine, it wasn´t anything serious. The fact that she can walk by herself means things are going well. She has great physical potential and if she keeps fit during this period she won´t have problems when she starts training again. There is no point in rushing her, she will have to take this one step at a time, we don´t want to force anything” Bellu continues. In parallel with the electrotherapy recovery, Sandra will be wearing an orthesis for 10 days after which she will gradually start her apparatus training.
Adrian Stoica, RGF president: “The savings we made with the sponsorships helped support this cost. I pray there is no other injury until London, because we can´t cover anything else.” Mariana Bitang: “Sandra is not in pain, her knee is not swollen. It was just the fear of what could have happened.”
Unfortunately Sandra Izbaşa had a knee injury in training today and she was carried to the hospital for more investigations.
UPDATE 14:30 in GSP: Sandra Izbaşa and Mariana Bitang are seeing the doctor Doru Filipescu and after the first investigation it seems that it's a ligament tear, not a rupture. At 4pm she will have a MRI to establish the exact diagnosis.