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Ghent Victory Marks 'New Beginning' For Izbasa
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After making a successful return to competition in Ghent, Olympic floor exercise champion Sandra Izbasa said she plans to compete three events at this weekend's Romanian championships.

Izbasa plans to compete vault, balance beam and floor exercise in Resita.

On Sunday, Izbasa won floor exercise at the Ghent World Cup in Belgium, her first competition in more than a year following a torn Achilles' tendon.

The 20-year-old Izbasa called her comeback a "new beginning" for her career.

"[I competed] with so many emotions," she told newspaper ProSport. "It was a competition in which I started over from the beginning, a new beginning."

Izbasa said she competed with the goal of testing herself versus winning.

"I went a little bit to see where I am," she said. "First place is just a small step in the comeback stage."

On Sept. 17, 2009, Izbasa tore her right Achilles' tendon taking off on a piked full-in on floor exercise. She also suffered an injury to her hand when she landed.

During her recovery after surgery, Izbasa said she drew on her "desire to show that such an accident does not always mean the end."

Izbasa plans to mark the anniversary of the accident by competing vault, balance beam and floor exercise at the 2010 Romanian Gymnastics Championships, which begin Friday in Resita.

Romania will name its world championships squad following the national championships and a tri-meet against Germany and Switzerland on Sept. 25, team coordinator Octavian Bellu said.

Bellu, who returned to guiding the Romanian women three months ago, traveled to Ghent with coach Lucian Sandu. Coaching partner Mariana Bitang said she and Belu plan to attend the world championships, Oct. 16-24 in Rotterdam, but will prefer to stay "in the shadows" while coaches like Sandu are on the floor with the gymnasts.

Bellu said they will be studying the performances of the Romanian gymnasts at the world championships, but the goal is a long-term one as the 2012 Olympics approach.

"I'm more interested in what they do over the next two years, not now," he said.

External Link: Izbasa's new routine in Ghent

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Kristin said:

It's so great to hear that one of my favourite gymnasts, and another "oldie" is back in business! Good luck Sandra! :-)
September 16, 2010
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