Romanian gymnastics coaches Octavian Bellu and Mariana Bitang who combined to win a total of 305 medals at the European and World Championships and Olympic Games have been named the world’s most successful coaches.
The pair helped Romania win five consecutive team gold medals at the World Championships from 1994 to 2001 and team gold medals at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics; their teams, the World Record Academy said
The World Record Academy said: “Their dedication and commitment to excellence have meant the key to success for Romanian gymnastics. „If Romania had football coaches of similar value (of Bellu and Bitang), then Romania would have been the world football champion for twenty years or so.”
Romania became a world leader in women’s gymnastic during the communist era when Nadia Comaneci at the age of 14, was the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10.0 at the 1976 Olympics.
Octavian Bellu, 69, who came to the fore after communism ended led the team to five world and two Olympic titles, as well as coaching numerous individual gold medalists. Romania has been the most successful women’s gymnastics power since 1990.
As national coach in the Transylvanian city of Deva from 1990–2005, the national team won five consecutive world titles, from 1994–2001, and two Olympic team gold medals, in 2000 and 2004.
His gymnasts were dominant in the 2004 Olympic Games, winning four of the six available gold medals.
He coached world-level gymansts such as Lavinia Miloșovici, Andreea Raducan, Gina Gogean, Catalina Ponor and Sandra Izbașa.
During his time as head coach, his teams have combined to win 59 world and 23 Olympic medals.
In 2007, the World Record Academy recognized coach Octavian Bellu as the world’s most successful coach, with 16 Olympic gold medals and a total of 279 medals at the European and World Championships and Olympic Games.
„They say behind every successful man, there is a woman,” said Ramona Nita, Sport Editor at World Record Academy.
Mariana Bitang, 58, a coach for the Romanian national women’s artistic gymnastics team helped Romania win five consecutive team gold medals at the World Championships from 1994 to 2001 and team gold medals at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics.
The World Record Academy which was set up in 2007 says it is the world’s largest organization to verify and recognize new world records.
„We have no magic wand here. It’s just hard work. You can’t win Gold unless you make some sacrifices. I wish I have spend more time with son…and I never have had a real holidays,” Mariana Bitang said.