CROATIAN OPEN ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIP 2012
Zagreb, 3rd – 6th of May 2012
338 athletes from 26 countries took part in this IPC international competition. This was one of the last qualifying tournaments for the London Paralympics. Romania was represented by three athletes: Cojoc, Florin (Politechnica Iasi) ; Petria Marian (Sporting Club, Galati) ; Stanescu, Mariora (Maraton’93 Lugoj).
Florin Cojoc was in a group of four for the long jump, 2 from Russia, 1 from Bulgaria and easily won gold here with a very good jump of 6.30, his best ever in an international competition.
Marian took part in the 100m but was very nervous because it was his very first competition, started late and finished last with a time of 15.42 which is a very poor time for him. He usually runs 14.04 or under.
Maria took part in the shot-put competition and threw 5.47m.
Florin and Marian then took part in the 200m both winning a bronze medal.
This was a high level competition, but very badly organized. However, the Romanian team did well, bringing back 3 medals.
European Championships- Athletics
Stadskanaal, Netherlands 21-29 June 2012
The Championships brought together 520 athletes from 38 different countries to Stadskanaal for five days of competition, with 33 of those athletes being world-record holders in their respective events. It marked the last major gathering of international athletes before the London 2012 Paralympic Games, which start in just 67 days time. The Opening Ceremony began with the athletes parade from the centre of the town to the stadium. Russia had the largest delegation at the event with 67 athletes, Poland 42 athletes and Germany, 34 athletes. Two athletes from Romania participated: Florin Cojoc (Polytechnic Iasi) and Marian Petria (Galati).
Marian had his first race 100m on Sunday 24 in atrocious weather conditions but he managed to qualify for the final with a time of 15.11 that took place the same day at 5pm. He finished last in the final but with an improved time of 15.01 – it is obvious that with more training he can improve on that time.
On Tuesday Florin Cojoc took part in the Long Jump. There were only 6 competitors – a very reduced field but nevertheless Florin won the gold medal with a jump of 6.18. In fact in Zagreb he jumped 6.30. This is the very first gold medal in paralympic athletics at a European Championships. On Wednesday Marian competed in the 200m and came 5th out of 6, a very creditable performance for his first time at the EC. Florin finished 5th out of 5 with a time of 25.12. It is obvious that Romania can only improve in this sport and we have at least one more young athlete in preparation to make up the national lot for 2013.