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Luge: Raluca Stramaturaru ranks 7th; best Romanian performance in Winter Games in the past 24 years


Raluca Stramaturaru on Tuesday recorded the best performance for Romania in the Olympic Winter Games over the past 24 years, as she ranked 7th in the women's singles luge event, in the 2018 Winter Olympics taking place in PyeongChang (South Korea).

In the Olympic Games in 1994, in Lillehammer, Ioan Apostol and Liviu Cepoi had ranked 6th in the luge-2 event. In 1998, in Nagano, the best result for Romania was obtained by Eva Tofalvi (biathlon), who ranked 11th, in 2002, in Salt Lake City, Eugen Radu and Marian Tican finished 15th in the luge-2 event, in 2006, in Turin, the best result for the Romanian delegation was 14th place obtained by Gheorghe Chiper (artistic skating) and in the women 4x6 biathlon relay race (Dana Plotogea, Eva Tofalvi, Mihaela Purdea, Alexandra Rusu), in 2010, in Vancouver, Romania's best ranking was 10th, obtained in the 4x6 biathlon relay race (by Reka Ferencz, Dana Plotogea, Mihaela Purdea, Eva Tofalvi), while in Sochi, in 2014, Romania ranked 17th in bobsleigh-2 women (Maria Adela Constantin, Andreea Grecu), and bobsleigh-2 men (Florin Cezar Craciun, Nicolae Istrate).

Stramaturaru ranked 8th in the first run, 12th in the second run, 9th in the 3rd run and 6th in the last run, scoring 3 min 06 sec 288/1000.

German Natalie Geisenberge won her 2nd consecutive Olympic title, in 3 min 05 sec 232/1000, followed in the final ranking by fellow compatriot Dajana Eitberger, silver medal in 3 min 05 sec 599/1000, and Alex Gough (Canada), bronze medal, scoring 3 min 05 sec 644/1000.



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