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Claudia Presăcan
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Presecan at the 2000 Olympic Games

Full name

Claudia Maria Presăcan

Country represented

Flag of Romania Romania

Born

December 28 1979 (1979-12-28) (age 37)
Sibiu, Sibiu County, Transylvania, Romania

Years on National Team

1994-2000

Coach(es)

Octavian Belu & Mariana Bitang

Current status

Retired

Claudia Maria Presăcan (born December 28, 1979 in Sibiu) is a world-class Romanian artistic gymnast who competed at the senior international level between 1994 and 2000. She was a three-time team gold medalist at the World Championships with the Romanian team and was also a member of the gold medal-winning Romanian squad at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

Early Career

Presecan was born in Sibiu and began gymnastics when she was 4½ years old. She moved to the junior Romanian national training center in Bucharest in 1993 and began competing internationally the same year, placing third overall and winning two silver medals at the Top Gym junior tournament in Charleroi, Belgium. In 1994 she participated in the Junior European Championships, where she won a gold medal on floor exercise.

Senior Career

Presecan moved into senior competition later in 1994, participating in the 1994 Team World Championships with the Romanian team and contributing to their gold medal performance. She was also a member of the first-place Romanian team the following year at the 1995 World Championships in Sabae. However, she missed the 1996 Olympics due to a broken hand.

Presecan returned to competition in 1997, winning her third World Championships medal with the Romanian team at that year's World Championships in Lausanne. Injuries kept her from the 1999 team, but she recovered in time to earn a place on the Romanian squad at the 2000 Olympics. She contributed to the team's gold medal and qualified for the balance beam event final, where she placed fourth, just out of the medals.

After the conclusion of the Games, it was revealed that Presecan had competed with a severe case of anemia. Despite having a hemoglobin level of 6.3, she had been cleared to compete by team physician Ioachim Oana.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1994Blume Memorial1st
Stockholm Junior European Championships1st
Dortmund World Team Championships1st
1995Hungarian International3rd
Sabae World Championships1st
1997Arthur Gander Memorial2nd
Hungarian International2nd
Romanian International1st1st
International Team Championships1st3rd
Lausanne World Championships1st
1998International Team Championships2nd4
Saint Petersburg European Championships1st
1999Romanian International2nd3rd1st2nd2nd
2000Sydney Olympic Games1st4
Romanian National Championships5

Floor Music

1996 - "Irish Washer Woman" 

1997 - "Lemon Tree" by Vienna Symphony Orchestra

1998 - "Ciuleandra" 

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