Cristina Balaban

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Cristina Balaban
Linda Ludgrove, Christine Caron, Cristina Balaban 1966.jpg
Balaban (right) at the 1966 European Championships
Sport Swimming
Club CS Dinamo Bucureşti[1]
Balaban (left) and Pătrășcoiu at the 1985 European Championships

Cristina Balaban is a retired Romanian swimmer who won a bronze medal in the 100 m backstroke at the 1966 European Aquatics Championships.[2] This was the first European swimming medal for Romania.[3] During her career she won 28 national titles and set 36 national records.[4]

After retirement she worked as a swimming coach, under the name Balaban-Sopterian, training such competitors as Carmen Bunaciu and Anca Pătrășcoiu.[3]