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Europeans Bronze 'A New Beginning' For Iordache
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Larisa Iordache's bronze medal on balance beam at last month's European Championships in Cluj has given the veteran gymnast new motivation.

Veteran Romanian gymnast Larisa Iordache said that winning the bronze medal on balance beam at last month's European Championships in Cluj-Napoca has given her new motivation.

"It was the first time in my life that I experienced such an atmosphere, and I am glad that I had the opportunity to get here," said Iordache, who turns 21 in June.

The sold-out European championships in Cluj was the largest gymnastics event ever held in Romania. It was only the second Europeans held in Romania following the inaugural women's event, which took place in Bucharest in 1957.

A lingering injury left Iordache able to compete on only balance beam and uneven bars in Cluj, her first major international competition since the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow. Her bronze on beam was her 12th medal won at senior European championships. She was first with the Romanian team, first on floor exercise and second on balance beam at the 2012 Europeans in Brussels; second all-around, first on balance beam, second (tie) on vault and second on floor exercise at the 2013 Europeans in Moscow; and first (tie) on floor exercise, second on vault and second on balance beam at the 2014 Europeans in Sofia. A broken hand kept her out of the 2016 European Championships in Bern.

"Unfortunately (I competed) only on two apparatus," she said, "but it is a new beginning and a start for me, and I hope that from now on I shall progress more and more."

Read on-scene coverage of the 2017 European Championships in the May 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, and behind-the-scenes profiles in upcoming issues. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, click here.

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