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The girls competed in the podium training
FOTO: IG Forum
Ana Porgras, Sandra Izbaşa, Amelia Racea and Diana Chelaru performed Monday, April 4, the podium training at the Max Schmeling arena in Berlin, the host of the 2011 European championships, making the first contact with the apparatus on which they will perform in Wednesday's qualification.
”It was a training session in which the girls had a contact with the apparatus, with a competition atmosphere. The arena is friendly, very nice, the apparatus is good. There was a problem in the morning, in the first series (with Ana Porgras and Amelia Racea possibly) when the training was conducted with some light spots focused on the apparatus which disturbed training quite a lot. But, after the first subdivision the lights were opened because the girls had to train under the conditions in which they will perform. Tuesday we have 2 training sessions, they are normal things. Each gymnast was trying to control her interest in implementing the execution they will perform in the finals”, Octavian Bellu declared for Agerpres.
Tuesday the final nominations will be due for the women's qualification round and Octavian Bellu has not yet decided who will compete on all 4 apparatus: ”For now we would like to see how the gymnasts will perform on Tuesday, nothing is decided yet. It was a useful training session just like any other podium training session is”.
The girls will present the same exercises performed in Rotterdam, at the world championships in 2010. There was not enough time to add elements of high difficulty. ”The only thing to remark is that Sandra Izbaşa is performing a second vault, with a smaller difficulty value, but on which you can build on in the future with a more difficult vault. Finally, the girls must win with confidence, in amplitude, clean execution, good form, things which are hard to correct after years and years of competing elements in a wrong way. We are trying to solve these problems as we move on, because nobody is waiting for us”, the women's coach added.
Our girls are the favorite for the beam and floor titles, but Octavian Bellu is looking at these predictions with caution, especially because there are always surprises at these competitions:”I can't say anything and I am not making any predictions, because any competition has its surprises, is unpredictable. For example, I saw a girl from Israel who was vaulting very well, but nobody cared. Nobody owns the European title before, just because something has a history, or that her scores say that on paper. ”