to bid farewell in gymnastics world championships
MELBOURNE (Xinhuanet) -- Legendary Marius
Urzica of Romania will bid his passionate farewell to the
gymnastics arena during the 38th world championships . The
30-year-old has confirmed after his podium training that he
would retire after the Melbourne world championships.
"I think this will be my last competition," said Urzica, asked
on his future in gymnastics and whether that includes an appearance
at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
He is among the most successful pommel horse gymnasts in world
championships with three gold medals, equal to the performance
of DPRK's Pae Gil-Su, Hungarian Zoltan Magyar and Miroslav
Cerar from former Yugoslavia.
The Romanian veteran did not give his plan after retirement
but he had said his ambition was to become a great coach.
While expected to finish his career with a cheerful fourth
world title on vault, he would face tough challenge from Chinese
Xiao Qin and current world champion Takehiro Kashima.
A perfect ten on the pommel horse at the 2001 Glasgow Grand
Prix was Urzica's sweetest memory among a bunch of honors.
"I've realized my dream. Everybody fights to obtain a perfect
10.00 and this is what we work hard for," he said then.
Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.