Photo by Silvia Vatteroni
After poor performance in Rio, Catalina Ponor is seeking  redemption in Tokyo.

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be" the Romanian gymnast told

 "I tried to pull myself together and get a good result. It wasn’t meant to be like I wanted to be."

"I’m a pretentious athlete who’s always wanted to give her best. If I managed to concentrate, if I weren’t so nervous like I’ve never been in my life and just executed my routine like I did in qualifications, I would most likely have had a medal around my neck now."

 "I’m already thinking about a new Olympics; the important thing is to be healthy and I’ll eventually get there. But first I’m thinking about the European Championships (in Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and I’m trying to get back at what happened now."

 "I want to go with a team in Tokyo, because in my opinion the team medal is the most important. I’m usually ambitious and every time something goes wrong, I get up and I continue my road."

In Rio, Ponor failed to qualify to floor exercise final and finished 7th in balance beam final. It is worth mentioning that the veteran won three gold medals twelve years ago at the Athens Olympics and, a silver and a bronze in London.

If Ponor made the Tokyo Olympic team, she will be the first female Romanian gymnast to compete at four Olympic Games.

Written by Gigi Farid.



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