Slovenian International Table Tennis Open – Factor 40
Lasko, Slovenia 6-11 May 2014
Finally the Romanian team achieved 2 silver medals – Dacian and Gabita in the team event and both won 5th place at the single event. This was an excellent result for such a high standard competition.
Slovakian International Table Tennis Open
– Factor 40. Bratislava 13-18 May 2014
278 players from 36 countries including China, the best team in the world, took part in this International Factor 40 competition. Four table tennis players represented Romania: Gabita Constantin, Dacian Makszin, Florentina Hriscu si Petru Ifrosa. In fact, it was a very good preparation for the World Championships in Beiijing in October where Dacian Makszin and Gabita Constanta are both qualified. The single matches began on the 14 May and Dacian easily qualified for the last 14 in his group but then met Zhao Ping from China and lost. Gabita finished 6th overall in her class.
On the 15th May the Team matches began and Dacian once again had as his partner Miguel Rodrigues-Martinez from Spain. The first two matches they won winning their group as they did also against Japan/Kuwait in quarter finals and Austria in the semi finals. They met the number 1 world team in the final, China and lost winning again a silver medal. Gabita formed a team with Anne Barneoud from France, winning against both Egypt and Argentina/Slovakia and taking the silver medal. Florentina finished fifth with her combined team of Brazil/Latvia/Romania. Finally Romania won two silver medals in the highest level competition of the year before the World Championships in September.
World Championships of Table Tennis 2014
Beijing, China. 8-11 September 2014
314 (197 male and 117 female) of the best players representing 48 countries participated in the 2014 World Table Tennis Championships in Beijing held at the China Administration of Sports for Persons with Disabilities. Romania was represented by Gabriela Constantin, Dacian Makszin and Bobi Simion accompanied by the national trainer Anca Chereches.
On 8th September the competition began and Dacian lost both games in his group against German Thomas Schmidberger and Chinese Zhai Xiang. Bobi lost to the Spanish player Alvaro Valera (Spain) but finished 2nd in his group of three winning against the young Croatian player Jozic Pavao 3-2. He then played against Chen Chao from China losing 0-3.
Gabita played first against Anne Barneoud (France) losing 0-3 but then met Sherri Umscheid from USA where she won easily 3-0. Her next match was against Giselle Munoz (Argentina) number 6 in the world where she won 3-1 playing extraordinally. Unfortunately because Giselle had already beaten Anne this meant that Gabita finished 3rd in her group and lost the chance to win a medal at her first World Championships. However, this has been a wonderful year for her – she finished now in 5th place at the World Championships and 5th place at the European Championships in October 2013. Congratulations to Gabita and the Romanian Team !