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Angelica Rozeanu – the world’s greatest female table tennis player in history

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Born: October 15, 1921 in Bucharest, Romania

She won 17 World titles, including six straight Singles championships from 1950 to 1955. She took the World Women’s Doubles title three times—in 1953 with Giselle Farkas of Hungary and in 1954 and 1955 with Ella Zeller of Romania, and the World Mixed Doubles crown three times—1951, with Bohumil Vana of Czechoslovakia, and in 1952 and 1953, with Ferenc Sido of Hungary.

Adelstein-Rozeanu was the first Romanian woman to win a World title in any sport. She first won the Romanian National Women’s Championship in 1936 and captured it every year until 1957 (excluding the war years 1940 through 1945, when she did not compete).

From 1950 to 1960, Rozeanu served as president of the Romanian Table Tennis Commission. In 1954, she was presented the highest sports distinction in Romania—the title of Merited Master of Sport. She also received four Order of Work honors from her government.

Rozeanu moved to Israel in 1960, and in 1961 won the Maccabiah Games Table Tennis Championship.
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7. Angelica Rozeanu – Honorary Citizen of Haifa Town

The former World table tennis champion Angelica Rozeanu was awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of Haifa Town. She used to belong to the group of twenty Haifa celebrities whom were awarded this title as part of a ceremony organised on September 6. On this occasion there was published a book in Hebrew language in which it is presented every new honorary citizens on a single page. On the page dedicated to Angelica Rozeanu her extraordinary sports performances are evoked: 17 gold medals and 12 silver and bronze medals at the World Championships , for six times running the title of World Champion for Women , between 1950-1955, the Romania’s champion between 1936 –1957 except the years of the racial persecution, for three times the Israel’s champion between 1960-1962. It is also mentioned that in 1997 she was invited to Knesset where she was awarded the Knesset Medal. (from „Buna dimineara, Israel!”. 03.12.2001)

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Adelstein-Rozeanu, Angelica

Angelica Adelstein

One of the greatest table tennis players in history (male or female), Adelstein-Rozeanu won 17 world championships during her career. The first Romanian woman to win any world championship, she won the singles title from 1950-1955.

Career Highlights:
Born in Romania, Adelstein-Rozeanu was quite possibly the greatest female table tennis player in history. She began playing at the age of nine and won her first title in competitive play at the age of 12. Then, at the age of 15, in 1936, she won the Romanian national women’s championship . Angelica participated in her first world championships the following year, finishing third in the mixed doubles with Geza Eros of Hungary. In 1938, she won her first major international competition at the Hungary Open.

In 1939, Angelica finished second at the world championships in the women’s doubles (with Sari-Szasz-Kolozsvary) while helping Romania capture the bronze medal in the team event. After a hiatus during World War II, she returned to competitive play and changed tactics, becoming a more attacking player. This change proved to be a smart move. After finishing fourth in mixed doubles at the 1948 world championships (she also helped the Romanian team finish third), Adelstein-Rozeanu became the first Romanian woman to win a world championship in any sport when she captured the singles title in 1950. That same year, she helped Romania win the gold medal in the team event and also captured the silver in women’s doubles (she finished fourth in mixed doubles).

The Romanian National Champion every year from 1936-1957 (excluding the World War II years, 1940-1945), Angelica successfully defended her world singles title and helped Romania repeat in the team competition in 1951. She also won the gold medal in the mixed doubles and the silver medal in the women’s doubles event. Adelstein-Rozeanu repeated as the world singles champion from 1952-1955, winning the event six years in a row going back to 1950. During this time, she also won the gold medal in the mixed doubles and bronze in the team competition in 1952, swept the gold medals in 1953 (singles, team, mixed doubles, and women’s doubles), won the bronze medal in women’s doubles in 1954, and struck gold again in the team and women’s doubles in 1955.

Although Adelstein-Rozeanu did not win the singles championship in 1956, she helped Romania win the gold medal in the team event and captured the gold in the women’s doubles. Appointed as a Deputy of the Bucharest Municipality in 1955, Angelica and other Jewish players found themselves forced out of the Romanian Federation in 1957 when an anti-Semite rose to the chairman position. That year, her husband emigrated to Israel, but Angelica refused to follow. Soon after, the anti-Semitic chairman was purged from his position and Angelica returned to competitive play, winning three titles in Russia in 1960.

By this time, however, Adelstein-Rozeanu was not competing much and Asian countries began to dominate the sport (in 1959, Japan, Korea, and China swept the medals in the women’s team competition). She eventually moved to Israel in 1960 and won the gold medal at the Maccabiah Games the following year. President of the Romanian Table Tennis Commission 1950 to 1960, Adelstein-Rozeanu was awarded Romania’s highest sports honor–the title of Merited Master — in 1954. She is a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Origin:
Bucharest, Romania

Uli Friedberg Valureanu uli@netvision.net.il

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  • Venera: (21-2-2006 la 00:00)

    REQUESCAT IN PACE, ANGELICA!

    Am cunoscut pe Angelica în perioada anilor 1949-1954, parca o vad, mititica de statura, bruneta cu ochi caprui, zvelta ca o caprioara si întotdeauna vesela si zâmbitoare. Asistam la toate match-urile ei internationale, ea fiind campioana. Uneori venea la Clubul JUSTITIA, care avea o echipa de ping-pong amatori, din care faceam parte, ea antrenându-ne uneori, o facea din dragoste pentru sport, complet dezinteresat.
    În acea perioada postbelica, înca nu aparuse dopajul si drogurile, sportul era natural, înnascut, cultivat si apreciat la justa valoare, pâna într-o zi…înca nu aparuse BUSINESS-ul în sport.
    România a avut multi sportivi de renume mondial, printre care FRATII VIZIRU, tenismani, cei care i-au pus în mâna racheta de tenis lui Ilie Nastase, actualul milionar al României, pe atunci culegea mingile de pe teren. Unde sunt SIMINA CARACAS, BOB STAIA, EMIL FOMINO si multi, multi, altii din diverse ramuri sportive care au facut cinste României pâna prin anii 1960. Au fost dati uitarii, ca si cum n-ar fi existat.
    Voi încerca prin cercetarile de rigoare, sa „scot la suprafata” numele celor de care ar trebui sa fim mândri, iar ei sa fie onorati, cel putin POST MORTEM, multi dintre trecând în Eternitate, uneori pe meleaguri straine, ca si Angelica ROZEANU.

  • MAdalina: (21-2-2006 la 00:00)

    Cu multa placere am dat peste acest articol in care fratii Viziru sunt recunoscuti la adevarata lor valoare… cu atat mai mult cu cat starnesc emotii crezute demult apuse (Dumitru Viziru a fost nasul meu). Ati adus o unda de nostalgie in tumultul acestei vieti!

  • Venera: (21-2-2006 la 00:00)

    Multumesc Madalinei pentru mesajul transmis. M-as bucura mult si cred ca si multi alti cunoscatori ai fratilor VIZIRU, daca l-i s-ar publica o fotografie. Mi-i amintesc foarte bine ca fizic, slabi amândoi, dar atletici, blonzi si iutzi ca niste caprioare. De multe ori am jucat tenis cu acesti doi oameni deosebiti, ei campioni iar eu o amatoare, ei fiind însa întotdeauna disponibili sa ne învete tehnica tenisului pe terenurile de tenis din Bucuresti care se numeau DOHERTY ce se aflau pe Calea Plevnei, cam în spatele Operei. Pe acelasi teren venea si Dr. Petru Groza, mare amator de sport, care, indiferent de pozitia lui politica, era foarte comunicativ cu publicul „muritor”, angaja o discutie cu multi dintre noi si practic, îl însotea numai un singur, sa-i zicem acum, „bodyguard”. Cele ce am scris, se petrecea între anii 1949-1953. De atunci s-au schimbat multe… totusi MEMORIA nu ne da pace sa ne reamintim de trecut, cu bune, cu rele… O TEMPORA, O MORES!



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