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Romania's Larisa Iordache Says It's Difficult To Watch Any Gymnastics Competition When Asked If She Watched Kitakyushu's All Around Competition

Today, the all-around competition of the 2021 World  Championship was held. Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova became the first non US gymna...


Today, the all-around competition of the 2021 World 
Championship was held.

Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova became the first non US gymnast to win an all around Olympic or World gold medal since her compatriot Aliya Mustafina in 2010.

Screenshot and translation by 
@goddess_of_gym/Twitter

American gymnasts Leanne Wong and Kayla Dicello settled for silver and bronze respectively.

Romania's Larisa Iordache, who was absent from the competition, shared that she cannot watch any gymnastics competition knowing how much she wished to be there when asked on Instagram if she watched today's competition.

"It is difficult to watch from my point of view… but then I saw the results," wrote Iordache.

The 25 year old gymnast, who made her senior debut in 2012, has been plagued by a series of injuries throughout most of her gymnastics career. 

In 2017, she suffered an Achilles tendon tear during the warm-ups for the qualification round of the World championships.

Subsequently, she took a three-year break and made her comeback debut at the Romanian National Championships in November 2020.

Her performance at this year's European championships earned her a nominative spot for the Tokyo Olympics.

She initially qualified to the all-around, balance beam, and floor exercise finals at the European championships but had to withdraw due to a kidney infection that required hospitalization.

At the Olympic Games, it was announced that she will only be competing on balance due to unbearable ankle pain.

At the qualifications, she reinjured her ankle on her beam dismount and had to later withdraw from the event final, which she qualified to in fourth place.

Between 2013 and 2015, Iordache won four World Championship medals. She is also seven-time European champion.

She competed at the 2012 London Olympics, where she won bronze with her team.

Written by Gigi Farid


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