Dorina Mihai

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Dorina Mihai
Full nameDorina Gabriela Mihai
Born (1981-06-01) 1 June 1981 (age 38)
ResidenceBucharest, Romania
Weapon(s)sabre
Handright-handed
ClubCS Dinamo București
Retired2007
FIE rankingrankings (archive)

Dorina Mihai (born 1 June 1981) is a Romanian sabre fencer, world champion in 2003.

Biography[edit]

Mihai took up fencing in primary school on the advice of a teacher, who directed her to foil.[1] Disappointed not to earn any title in eleven years of practice, she thought of giving up, but eventually decided to try sabre, a weapon in which she quickly obtained results.[1]

47th in world rankings before the event, she reached the final of the 2003 World Fencing Championships in Havana after defeating Cuba's Ana Faez Miclin in the quarter-finals, then Italy's Gioia Marzocca. She met reigning world champion Tan Xue of China and defeated her by a single hit to win the world title.[2] By circumstance Mihai had found herself at the championships without her fencing mask and had been forced to use a Lexan visor mask, promoted by the International Fencing Federation because it shows the fencer's face. By winning the competition, Mihai also received a prize of $10.000 offered by the federation to the best-ranked athlete wearing a Lexan mask.[2] For her performance Mihai was named "athlete of the year" along with weightlifter Valeriu Calancea.[3]

Mihai decided to forgo the 2004 Summer Olympics to marry fellow fencer Cristian Lupu, a reserve in the men's national team, and to give birth to a son, Luca Nicolas.[1] Cătălina Gheorghițoaia, who went in her place, finished fourth. Mihai's return to competition did not yield further results; when the women's national sabre team was disbanded for lack of funds, Mihai decided to retire from competition.[3] Her club CS Dinamo București being subordinated to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, she decided to join the Romanian Police,[4] she worked three years in the field before joining the Ilfov County Police Inspectorate.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Oana Grecea. "Campioană Mondială la sabie se căsătorește anul acesta" (in Romanian). Eva.ro.
  2. ^ a b "Dorina Mihai, campioană mondială la sabie". Adevarul (in Romanian). 10 October 2003.
  3. ^ a b "Dorina Mihai a depus armele învinsă de compatrioți". Evenimentul Zilei (in Romanian). 14 December 2007.
  4. ^ a b Oana Dușmănescu (16 October 2012). "Inspector Mihai, actele la control! » Singura campioană mondială la sabie a României lucrează la IPJ Ilfov". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian).