Romania at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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Romania at the Olympic Games

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IOC code  ROU
  (ROM used at these Games)
NOC Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee
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At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens
Competitors 108 in 16 sports
Flag bearer Elisabeta Lipă[1]
Medals
Rank: 14
Gold
8
Silver
5
Bronze
6
Total
19
Olympic history (summary)
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Romania competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004. Romanian athletes have competed at every Summer Olympic Games since its official debut in 1924, missing only two editions, including the 1948 Summer Olympics. The Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee (Romanian: Comitetul Olimpic și Sportiv Român, COSR) sent the nation's smallest team to the Games since the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. A total of 108 athletes, 50 men and 58 women, had competed in 16 different sports, most notably in artistic gymnastics and rowing. For the third time in Olympic history, Romania was again represented by more female than male athletes.

The Romanian team featured several Olympic medalists from Sydney four years earlier, including coxless rowing pair Monica Roşu and Viorica Susanu, sprint canoeists Florin Popescu and Mitică Pricop, gymnastics champion Marius Urzică in men's pommel horse, and rowers Doina Ignat and Georgeta Andrunache. Pistol shooter and 1988 Olympic champion Sorin Babii, and rowing legend Elisabeta Lipă, who won a total of seven Olympic medals in her illustrious sporting career, became the first Romanian athletes to compete in six Olympic Games. Having received the most medals by a single athlete in the nation's Olympic history, Lipa reprised her role to carry the Romanian flag in the opening ceremony for the second consecutive time.[1]

Despite being the smallest team to the Games since 1988, Romania left Athens with a total of 19 Olympic medals, 8 golds, 5 silver, and 6 bronze, failing only three golds short of the total achieved in Sydney.[2] Most of these medals were awarded to the athletes in artistic gymnastics and rowing, including three prestigious Olympic titles from Cătălina Ponor in women's floor, balance beam, and team all-around exercises.[3] Apart from Ponor's Olympic glory, the nation's highlight of the Games also came with a powerful triumph of the rowing team, as the Romanians managed to secure their title in the women's eight. With a stark tally of eight medals, Lipa greatly emerged as the most successful female rower in the entire Olympic history after winning her fourth consecutive gold and fifth overall within a record span of 20 years.[4][5]

Medalists[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Romanian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the 'A' Standard, and 1 at the 'B' Standard).[6][7]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Gheorghe Gușet Shot put 19.68 14 Did not advance
Marian Oprea Triple jump 17.44 3 Q 17.55 2nd
Bogdan Țăruș Long jump 8.08 8 q 8.21 8
Ștefan Vasilache High jump 2.25 =15 Did not advance
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Mihaela Botezan 10000 m N/A 31:11.24 NR 11
Norica Câmpean 20 km walk N/A 1:34:30 27
Daniela Cârlan N/A 1:37:14 37
Maria Cioncan 800 m 1:59.64 1 Q 1:59.44 2 Q 1:59.62 7
1500 m 4:06.68 1 Q 4:06.69 1 Q 3:58.39 3rd
Alina Cucerzan 1500 m 4:18.07 13 Did not advance
Constantina Diță Marathon N/A 2:37:31 20
Ana Maria Groza 20 km walk N/A 1:34:56 29
Elena Iagăr 1500 m 4:11.48 11 Did not advance
Nuța Olaru Marathon N/A 2:34:45 13
Lidia Șimon N/A DNF
Ionela Târlea-Manolache 400 m hurdles 54.41 1 Q 53.32 2 Q 53.38 2nd
Angela Moroșanu
Alina Răpanu
Maria Rus
Ionela Târlea-Manolache
4×400 m relay 3:27.36 5 q N/A 3:26.81 6
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Adina Anton Long jump 6.47 18 Did not advance
Adelina Gavrilă Triple jump 14.56 =11 Q 13.86 15
Nicoleta Grasu Discus throw 61.91 8 q 64.92 6
Monica Iagăr High jump 1.95 =8 Q 1.93 8
Alina Militaru Long jump NM Did not advance
Oana Pantelimon High jump 1.92 12 q 1.93 7
Mariana Solomon Triple jump 14.42 16 Did not advance
Felicia Țilea-Moldovan Javelin throw 62.05 7 Q 59.72 11

Boxing[edit]

Romania sent three boxers to Athens. None lost in the round of 32, as two won and the third had a bye. In the round of 16, though, one boxer was defeated. Another fell in the quarterfinal. The third survived to the semifinal, where he was defeated to finish with a bronze medal. That medal put Romania in a five-way tie for 16th place in the boxing medal count.

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Viorel Simion Featherweight  Langham (AUS)
W 40–15
 Biarnadski (BLR)
W 38–13
 Jo S-H (KOR)
L 35–39
Did not advance
Ionuț Gheorghe Light welterweight  Karim (PAK)
W 26–11
 Karagöllü (TUR)
W 28–19
 di Rocco (ITA)
W 29–18
 Boonjumnong (THA)
L 9–30
Did not advance 3rd
Marian Simion Middleweight BYE  Yasser (EGY)
L 29–36
Did not advance

Canoeing[edit]

Sprint[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Florin Mironcic C-1 500 m 1:51.568 3 q 1:53.957 8 Did not advance
Mitică Pricop C-1 1000 m 4:00.559 4 q 3:59.640 5 Did not advance
Marian Baban
Ștefan Vasile
K-2 500 m 1:34.410 6 q 1:34.398 7 Did not advance
Florin Popescu
Silviu Simioncencu
C-2 500 m 1:41.368 4 q 1:41.424 1 Q 1:40.618 4
C-2 1000 m 3:30.419 1 Q BYE 3:43.858 4
Marian Baban
Alexandru Ceauşu
Vasile Curuzan
Ștefan Vasile
K-4 1000 m 2:55.324 4 q 2:53.994 1 Q 3:03.107 7
Women
Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Lidia Talpă
Florica Vulpeș
K-2 500 m 1:45.386 7 q 1:45.770 5 Did not advance

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify to final; q = Qualify to semifinal

Cycling[edit]

Mountain biking[edit]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Ovidiu Tudor Oprea Men's cross-country LAP (1 lap) 37

Diving[edit]

Women
Athlete Event Preliminaries Semifinals Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Ramona Maria Ciobanu 10 m platform 268.23 24 Did not advance

Equestrian[edit]

Eventing[edit]

Athlete Horse Event Dressage Cross-country Jumping Total
Qualifier Final
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Viorel Bubău Carnaval Individual 80.00 75 Eliminated Did not advance

Fencing[edit]

Six Romanian fencers (two men and four women) qualified for the following events.

Men
Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Alexandru Nyisztor Individual épée  Nikishyn (UKR)
W 15–6
 Rota (ITA)
L 8–15
Did not advance
Mihai Covaliu Individual sabre BYE  Zhou Hm (CHN)
W 15–10
 Sznajder (UKR)
W 15–9
 Nemcsik (HUN)
L 14–15
Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Ana Maria Brânză Individual épée  Gamir (ALG)
W 15–14
 Hormay (HUN)
W 15–13
 Zhang L (CHN)
L 13–15
Did not advance
Laura Badea-Cârlescu Individual foil N/A BYE  Meng J (CHN)
W 15–11
 Gruchała (POL)
L 7–15
Did not advance
Roxana Scarlat N/A BYE  Nam H-H (KOR)
L 7–15
Did not advance
Cătălina Gheorghițoaia Individual sabre N/A  Toure (SEN)
W 15–6
 Socha (POL)
W 15–12
 Zhang Y (CHN)
W 15–13
 Zagunis (USA)
L 7–15
 Jacobson (USA)
L 7–15
4

Gymnastics[edit]

Artistic[edit]

Men
Team
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F PH R V PB HB F PH R V PB HB
Marian Drăgulescu Team 9.762 Q 9.325 9.475 9.762 Q 9.562 9.550 57.436 4 Q 9.562 N/A 9.825 9.200 N/A
Ilie Daniel Popescu N/A 9.625 9.562 N/A N/A 9.687 9.650 N/A
Dan Nicolae Potra 9.537 9.300 9.500 9.362 9.550 8.500 55.749 25 N/A 9.587 N/A 9.537 N/A
Răzvan Dorin Șelariu 9.625 N/A 9.700 9.500 9.150 9.512 N/A 9.475 N/A 9.725 9.525 N/A 8.912 N/A
Ioan Silviu Suciu 9.650 9.712 9.487 9.637 9.500 9.412 57.398 6 Q 9.687 9.737 N/A 9.675 N/A 9.275 N/A
Marius Urzică N/A 9.812 Q N/A 9.700 9.675 N/A N/A 9.825 N/A 9.725 9.775 N/A
Total 38.574 38.474 38.249 38.261 38.312 38.149 230.019 3 Q 28.724 29.249 28.962 29.025 28.462 27.962 172.384 3rd
Individual finals
Athlete Event Apparatus Total Rank
F PH R V PB HB
Marian Drăgulescu All-around 9.612 9.525 9.562 9.850 9.437 9.337 57.323 8
Floor 9.787 N/A 9.787 2nd
Vault N/A 9.612 N/A 9.612 3rd
Ioan Silviu Suciu All-around 9.650 9.737 9.550 9.737 9.312 9.662 57.648 4
Marius Urzică Pommel horse N/A 9.825 N/A 9.825 2nd
Women
Team
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
V UB BB F V UB BB F
Oana Ban Team 9.325 9.425 9.625 9.600 37.975 3 Q* N/A 9.187 9.512 9.437 N/A
Alexandra Eremia N/A 9.287 9.687 Q 9.150 N/A N/A 9.687 N/A
Cătălina Ponor 9.500 N/A 9.775 Q 9.687 Q N/A 9.412 N/A 9.762 9.750 N/A
Monica Roșu 9.675 Q 9.375 N/A 9.350 N/A 9.625 9.387 N/A
Nicoleta Daniela Șofronie 9.425 9.625 Q 9.487 9.525 Q 38.062 2 Q 9.400 9.562 N/A 9.562 N/A
Silvia Stroescu 9.225 9.325 9.512 N/A N/A Did not compete
Total 37.925 37.750 38.599 38.162 152.436 1 Q 28.437 28.136 28.961 28.749 114.283 1st

* Oana Ban qualified for the individual all-around, but later withdrew from the final because of her injuries sustained in the team all-around final.

Individual finals
Athlete Event Apparatus Total Rank
V UB BB F
Alexandra Eremia Balance beam N/A 9.700 N/A 9.700 3rd
Cătălina Ponor Floor N/A 9.750 9.750 1st
Balance beam N/A 9.787 N/A 9.787 1st
Monica Roșu Vault 9.656 N/A 9.656 1st
Nicoleta Daniela Șofronie All-around 9.412 9.637 9.362 9.537 37.948 5
Floor N/A 9.562 9.562 2nd
Uneven bars N/A 9.462 N/A 9.462 6

Judo[edit]

Four Romanian judoka (two men and two women) qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Men
Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Repechage 3 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Claudiu Baștea −73 kg  Mariko (MLI)
W 0210–0000
 Neto (POR)
L 0001–1020
Did not advance
Gabriel Munteanu +100 kg  Tmenov (RUS)
L 0000–1110
Did not advance  Hernandes (BRA)
L 0000–1000
Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Repechage 3 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Alina Dumitru −48 kg BYE  Shishkina (KAZ)
W 0012–0011
 Żemła-Krajewska (POL)
W 1000–0000
 Tani (JPN)
L 0001–0211
BYE  Gao F (CHN)
L 0110–1010
5
Ioana Maria Aluaş −52 kg  Stormont (NZL)
W 1010–0000
 Euranie (FRA)
L 0030–0111
Did not advance BYE  Monteiro (POR)
W 1000–0000
 Souakri (ALG)
L 0100–0121
Did not advance

Rowing[edit]

Romanian rowers qualified the following boats:

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Florin Corbeanu
Ovidiu Cornea
Daniel Măstăcan
Gheorghiţa Munteanu
Four 6:40.16 5 R 6:00.10 4 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Georgeta Damian
Viorica Susanu
Pair 7:29.74 1 FA BYE N/A 7:06.56 1st
Camelia Macoviciuc-Mihalcea
Simona Muşat
Double sculls 7:39.32 3 R 6:58.00 2 FA N/A 7:17.58 5
Angela Alupei
Constanța Burcică
Lightweight double sculls 6:50.64 1 SA/B BYE 6:51.84 1 FA 6:56.05 1st
Aurica Bărăscu
Georgeta Damian
Rodica Florea
Liliana Gafencu
Elena Georgescu
Doina Ignat
Elisabeta Lipă
Ioana Papuc
Viorica Susanu (cox)
Eight 6:03.99 1 FA BYE N/A 6:17.70 1st

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; R=Repechage

Shooting[edit]

Two Romanian shooters qualified to compete in the following events:

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Sorin Babii 10 m air pistol 579 =13 Did not advance
50 m pistol 553 =18 Did not advance
Iulian Raicea 10 m air pistol 570 39 Did not advance
25 m rapid fire pistol 588 4 Q 687.6 5

Swimming[edit]

Romanian swimmers earned qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the A-standard time, and 1 at the B-standard time):

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Dragoș Coman 400 m freestyle 3:51.73 16 N/A Did not advance
1500 m freestyle 15:06.33 NR 6 Q N/A 15:10.21 7
Răzvan Florea 100 m backstroke 55.77 =14 Q 55.27 10 Did not advance
200 m backstroke 1:58.81 4 Q 1:58.20 4 Q 1:57.56 3rd
Ioan Gherghel 100 m butterfly 53.89 27 Did not advance
200 m butterfly 1:58.12 =7 Q 1:57.31 6 Q 1:56.10 5
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Beatrice Căslaru 200 m individual medley 2:14.70 6 Q 2:14.25 6 Q 2:15.40 8
400 m individual medley 4:46.94 14 N/A Did not advance
Larisa Lăcustă 200 m freestyle 2:06.62 38 Did not advance
Simona Păduraru 400 m freestyle 4:10.39 11 N/A Did not advance
800 m freestyle 8:34.15 8 Q N/A 8:37.02 8
Camelia Potec 200 m freestyle 2:00.50 11 Q 1:59.25 7 Q 1:58.03 NR 1st
400 m freestyle 4:07.39 3 Q N/A 4:06.34 4
800 m freestyle 8:41.20 16 N/A Did not advance
Beatrice Căslaru
Larisa Lăcustă
Simona Păduraru
Camelia Potec
4×200 m freestyle relay 8:09.67 11 N/A Did not advance

Table tennis[edit]

Four Romanian table tennis players qualified for the following events.

Athlete Event Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Adrian Crişan Men's singles BYE  Lupulesku (USA)
W 4–0
 Chiang P-L (TPE)
L 1–4
Did not advance
Otilia Bădescu Women's singles BYE  Kravchenko (ISR)
L 2–4
Did not advance
Mihaela Steff BYE  Kim H-M (PRK)
L 2–4
Did not advance
Adriana Zamfir BYE  Shaban (JOR)
W 4–1
 Lin L (HKG)
W 4–2
 Wang N (CHN)
L 1–4
Did not advance
Mihaela Steff
Adriana Zamfir
Women's doubles BYE  Tan P F /
Zhang Xl (SIN)
L 1–4
Did not advance

Tennis[edit]

Romania nominated two male tennis players to compete in the tournament.

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Victor Hănescu Men's singles  Arthurs (AUS)
L 4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Did not advance
Andrei Pavel  Karlović (CRO)
L 4–6, 7–6(12–10), 2–6
Did not advance
Victor Hănescu
Andrei Pavel
Men's doubles N/A  Kiefer /
Schüttler (GER)
L 5–7, 6–7(3–7)
Did not advance

Weightlifting[edit]

Seven Romanian weightlifters qualified for the following events:

Men
Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Adrian Jigău −56 kg 120 =7 155 =3 275 6
Ioan Veliciu −62 kg 110 16 135 14 245 14
Stănel Stoica −69 kg 142.5 =8 160 =10 302.5 9
Sebastian Dogariu −77 kg 155 =11 190 11 345 11
Vasile Hegheduş 150 DNF DNF
Valeriu Calancea −85 kg 160 =10 DNF
Women
Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Marioara Munteanu −53 kg 85 6 105 5 190 5

Wrestling[edit]

Key:

  • VT - Victory by Fall.
  • PP - Decision by Points - the loser with technical points.
  • PO - Decision by Points - the loser without technical points.
Men's freestyle
Athlete Event Elimination Pool Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Nicolae Ghiţă −84 kg  Aliev (TJK)
L 1–3 PP
 Sazhidov (RUS)
L 0–5 VT
 Sène (SEN)
W 3–1 PP
3 Did not advance 9
Rareș Chintoan −120 kg  Thiele (GER)
L 0–3 PO
 Polatçı (TUR)
L 0–4 ST
N/A 3 Did not advance 19
Men's Greco-Roman
Athlete Event Elimination Pool Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Marian Sandu −55 kg  Tengizbayev (KAZ)
W 3–0 PO
 Im D-W (KOR)
L 1–3 PP
2 Did not advance 11
Eusebiu Diaconu −60 kg  Passos (POR)
W 4–0 ST
 Gruenwald (USA)
W 3–1 PP
1 Q  Jung J-H (KOR)
L 0–3 PO
Did not advance 6
Petru Sudureac −96 kg  Hashemzadeh (IRI)
L 1–3 PP
 Ežerskis (LTU)
L 1–3 PP
3 Did not advance 15

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Elisabeta Lipa, port-drapelul României la Atena" [Elisabeta Lipa will be Romania's flag bearer in Athens] (in Romanian). Apropo. 26 July 2004. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "2004 Athens: Medal Tally". USA Today. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Romanian Ponor wins Olympic beam gold". People's Daily. 24 August 2004. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Cross, Martin (23 August 2004). "Women take charge as silver scullers push Britain to best haul for 76 years". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Thiel, Art (22 August 2004). "Pride on the water in Athens". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Athens 2004 Entry Standards". IAAF. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 

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