LAURA-DIANA POPESCU: Spirit of a Champion

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Laura-Diana Popescu, Romania’s National Champion at the women Marathon race, Silver medal at the World Trail Running Championship and Bronze medal at the European Trail Running Championship, Silver medal at the Military Pentathlon Championship, is this year again with Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon and Runners Club as an Official Event Ambassador. Member of the athletics team of Romania and of the Romanian Army, Laura-Diana Popescu is training for the marathon race at the Military World Games in China (Wuhan, 2019) and for the qualification for the same distance at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

25 years – is the age at which Laura-Diana Popescu counts already a number of impressive results in athletics  and confirms the vision of the coach who discovered her and stated that he sees in her a great champion!  Laura became early on a constant athlete on the podium, winning cross races, followed by her first half marathon at the age of 14 with a nice time of 1 h 30 minutes. Later on, she approached trail running and won with the team a Silver medal at the Team World and European Championships. More recently, in 2016 and 2017, Laura-Diana Popescu became National Champion at the women Marathon race, with her personal best of 2 h 52 minutes.

Sport Is Life. Running Is Joy.

„Sport is, at this moment, on the first place in my life, even if my profession is also similarly challenging. My current objective is to bring good results from the Military World Games in China 2019 and to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.” – reveals Laura-Diana Popescu in an exclusive interview for Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon.

“Sport is essential for our own health. For professional athletes sport is life, but for most people it definitely is just a healthier way of life, a dream came true. While training on the stadium I discover many people who join the training sessions with passion and admiration for those who already committed themselves for this sport.” – states Laura-Diana Popescu.

Motivation and Inspiration.

Laura is an example of motivation and self-discipline. We can meet her training constantly and with a high energy level! She kindly and honestly confesses to set a distance and time goal for each day.  Perseverance is a quality that grows over time and sometimes you have to transpose yourself in the role of your own coach.”- continues Laura with her charming smile. 

“I hold in high regard Constantina Diță-Tomescu, who won the olympic Gold Medal  at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and was multiple World and European Champion at the marathon and half marathon distances. I wish I could reach the level of this amazing athlete!” – explains Laura-Diana Popescu.

Laura-Diana Popescu’s Message for Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon 2019 Runners

“Take each race for a beautiful experience. Smile while you run  and continue to register and prepare year by year!  I sense that  Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon grows more spectacular year by year, both on the course and overall!  I feel great when I meet supporters that encourage us, runners who motivate each other, volunteers who cheer for us! It is a really fantastic atmosphere!” – this is a straight from the heart message from an athlete who is close to the running community in Cluj-Napoca and Runners Club for many years! 

Thank you Laura-Diana for you are an inspiration for us and for always being open to share the joy of running.  You have constantly proved that a champion attitude brings results and creates impact!  We further support you and see you at the START of Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon 2019 races!

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Author: Diana Ciorba