Three-time Olympic champion Catalina Ponor, on a comeback trail, scooped the gold medal in the women's beam event at the 9th Artistic Gymnastics World Cup Series here yesterday.
Ponor had returned to training a year ago with an eye on this year's Rio Olympics but received a setback as she had to undergo surgery on an Achilles tendon, during which time she also missed Glasgow World Championships.
She qualified best and has difficulty to add, but the beam is an incredibly cruel piece of apparatus and consequently 11-8 is short, especially as Catalina Ponor
is capable of beating her if she nails her routine as in the team all-around.
City of Liverpool gymnast Whelan, who was part of the Great Britain side that finished fourth in the team event on Saturday, scored 14.333 to finish third in the beam behind Romanian duo Catalina Ponor
and Larisa Iordache and claim Britain's first-ever medal at a major championships on that piece.
Since the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Romania have gone through significant changes and, following the recent retirement of triple Olympic champion Cata-lina Ponor
, their team now consists primarily of talented young gymnasts who will play a vital role in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Numerous picturesque karst phenomena, such as karst sources, estavelles, ponors
caves abound, and the Kri na cave is renowned for its underground lakes.
All eyes will be on three-time Olympic champion Catalina Ponor
, who be performing in the balance Beam.
Romania's five-time Olympic medallist Catalina Ponor
topped the sheets in the Beam event.
Leading the field is Romania's five-time Olympic medallist Catalina Ponor
, who will be making her comeback to international competition in Doha this week.
The international field will be led by Olympic stars, which includes two-time Olympian Catalina Ponor
The list of women athletes is topped by Romanian trio of Catalina Ponor
, Larisa Iordache and Diana Bulimar, with all three having competed in Olympics.