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Moldova: The strongest team ever

The President of Moldovan Weightlifting Federation and Barcelona Olympic Champion Tudor Casapu hopes that the team will be able to bring at least a few medals and all members of the team manage to show good results.

Gheorghe Gutu, head coach of Moldovan team also hopes for excellent performances by his athletes. The Moldovan team is hoping to get five quotas by men, as well as one more for Christina Iovu, who is the only female representative of the country.

The information about Alexandr Dudoglo to miss the championship is wrong, as he said he’s in a good shape, not injured. He will start together with his brothers, elder Ghenadie and younger Iurie in Paris. Alexandr will participate in 77 kg category, both other brothers – more lightweight in 62 kg.

One of the young stars of Moldovan team is Oleg Sirghi is also in good shape. He was lucky to avoid traumas and illnesses lately, but admits that today he doesn’t feel as good as in spring before the European Championship, where he won the title for the first time in his career. Oleg started weightlifting thanks to his father, Oleg senior, who was his first coach. Nowdays he is trained primarily by Sergiu Cretu.

The other hopeful Christina Iovu is ready for Paris, her goal would be lifting the highest possible weight, potentially aiming at the world records sometime in the future. Christina,junior European Champion is happy with her progress throughout 2011 and she thinks the competition in Paris would be her major point during her career up to now.

The tempo of her trainings gave her knee some discomfort, and as a result she is very exhausted. Iovu started weightlifting at 13, impressing her first coach. She had a year long break from weightlifting in 2009, but later she decided to return and continue competing.

Written by: Serghei Donets