Cristina Iovu Promotes Moldova Through Taking the Olympic Bronze
19-year-old Cristina Iovu of Moldova won the bronze medal in weightlifting yesterday at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Her total result is 219 kg. The gold medal took the Kazakh athlete Zulfiya Chinshanlo with a total result of 226 kg, setting a new world record. The silver medal went to Taiwan’s Hsu Shu-Ching, who lifted in sum 219 kg.
Moldova still remains a little-known country, although it’s located in a fairly well-known region of Eastern Europe. The success of Cristina has led many to reconsider and re-evaluate their knowledge of geography. The announcer, who worked at yesterday’s competitions, will now certainly improve his knowledge after he mistakenly introduced a Moldovan athlete as a representative of Madagascar.
Especially for those who wish to improve their geographical knowledge I suggest the following note. Located in southeastern Europe, Republic of Moldova is bordered on the west by Romania and on the north, south, and east by Ukraine. Most of its territory lies between the area's two main rivers, the Dniester and the Prut. The Dniester forms a small part of Moldova's border with Ukraine in the northeast and southeast. The Prut River forms Moldova's entire western boundary with Romania. The Danube touches the Moldovan border at its southernmost tip, and forms the border for 200 m (656 ft).
This spring, Cristina Iovu became the European Champion in her category, gaining a total of 207 kg. Thus, at the 2012 London Olympics she set a new personal best result.
“I'm sure that soon the world will see more stars in weightlifting from Moldova. We have many high-level and very talented athletes,” said Iovu after winning the bronze.
“In fact, at the beginning the weightlifting wasn’t for me something that I would like to do. A lot changed when I started to win competitions.” she noted