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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.png Romania

Born

December 28 1979 (1979-12-28) (age 41)
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
1994 Blume Memorial 1st
Stockholm Junior European Championships 1st
Dortmund World Team Championships 1st
1995 Hungarian International 3rd
Sabae World Championships 1st
1997 Arthur Gander Memorial 2nd
Hungarian International 2nd
Romanian International 1st 1st
International Team Championships 1st 3rd
Lausanne World Championships 1st
1998 International Team Championships 2nd 4
Saint Petersburg European Championships 1st
1999 Romanian International 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd
2000 Sydney Olympic Games 1st 4
Romanian National Championships 5

Floor Music

1996 - "Irish Washer Woman" 

1997 - "Lemon Tree" by Vienna Symphony Orchestra

1998 - "Ciuleandra" 


European Junior Floor Exercise Champions
Natasha Karamushka • Ecaterina SzaboEcaterina Szabo | Elena Shushunova | Valentina Shkoda • Tatiana FrolovaOlga Strazheva | Aleftina Pryakhina • Svetlana Ivanova • Lavinia Miloşovici • Elodie Lussac • Claudia PresăcanViktoria KarpenkoTatyana Yarosh | Andreea IsărescuSilvia Stroescu • Mirabella Akhunu • Steliana Nistor • Aluissa Lacusteanu • Anastasia Grishina | Larisa IordacheMaria KharenkovaCatherine LyonsDenisa GolgotaIoana StanciulescuAna Maria Bărbosu
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