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Bitang Speaks: No Iordache for AA

Mrs. Bitang, what is Larisa’s situation?
- I feel sorry first for her! She worked hard to get here, but she was wrong to hide the pain she felt in the first few training sessions in London. I felt that something was wrong but she confirmed that she has pain in the heel area and we sent her to an MRI.

Which is the injured foot?
- The left one. As you wrote, it’s fasciitis. Now she feels better because the doctors applied an elastic bandage which is more dense and managed to balance the way in which forces are applied in that area. But she will not be able to compete in the all around and we will see on podium training if she will be able to compete on uneven bars and maybe on balance beam for her to qualify for the event finals.

She is forced to take part in Sunday’s qualifications in order to be able to participate in event finals…
- Yes, that is the issue and there is no time for recovery. On Sunday evening she must compete if she wants to qualify for one-two finals. In the all around there is no chance, and our chances for a medal in the team finals, without her four routines, become null.

Isn’t this a little pessimistic regarding the team finals?
- I’m realistic! We would have fought with Russia and now there is no chance. We try to put Larisa on beam tonight, even if she won’t do a whole routine. I hope that the situation will make Sandra Izbasa and Catalina Ponor step up and give their best for this competition. For them and for Romania!

Source: http://www.gsp.ro/sporturi/jo-2012/bitang-sa-fim-realisti-sansele-echipei-romaniei-la-o-medalie-au-devenit-nule-prin-accidentarea-larisei-348939.html

Translation: Bea Gheorghisor for TCG
Posted on Jul 27 2012
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