Personal Information

Family Husband Pavel Popescu

Other names Ana Maria Branza

Occupation Athlete

Languages English, Romanian, Spanish

Higher education Physical Education - University of Craiova: Romania

License number 26111984000


World Cup106824
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2006-01-20Prague (CZECH REPUBLIC), 2007-01-27La Havane (CUBA), 2007-06-08
Florina (GREECE), 2007-03-17La Havane (CUBA), 2008-06-06Luxembourg (LUXEMBOURG), 2008-02-02
St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2008-03-08Doha (QATAR), 2013-01-19Barcelone (SPAIN), 2008-02-16
La Havane (CUBA), 2009-06-06Legnano (ITALY), 2014-10-24Florina (GREECE), 2009-03-14
Florina (GREECE), 2010-03-13Xuzhou (CHINA), 2014-11-14La Havane (CUBA), 2010-06-09
Barcelone (SPAIN), 2011-03-11La Havane (CUBA), 2020-01-10Barcelone (SPAIN), 2013-03-08
Barcelone (SPAIN), 2012-03-09St-Maur (FRANCE), 2014-02-28
St-Maur (FRANCE), 2013-03-01Barcelone (SPAIN), 2016-01-22
Nanjing (CHINA), 2015-11-13
Tallin (ESTONIA), 2019-11-01
World Championship-123
Wuxi (CHINA), 2018-07-19Lisbonne (PORTUGAL), 2002-08-18
Catania (ITALY), 2011-10-10
Zone Championships1214
Zagreb (CROATIA), 2013-06-16Kiev (UKRAINE), 2008-07-04Sheffield (GREAT BRITAIN), 2011-07-14
TORUN (POLAND), 2016-06-22
Grand Prix85417
Doha (QATAR), 2009-01-24Budapest (HUNGARY), 2005-01-21Barcelone (SPAIN), 2007-02-16
Nankin (CHINA), 2009-05-15Budapest (HUNGARY), 2008-01-18Saint-Maur (FRANCE), 2009-02-20
Nankin (CHINA), 2010-05-14Rome (ITALY), 2009-02-06Budapest (HUNGARY), 2013-02-02
La Havane (CUBA), 2013-05-23Xuzhou (CHINA), 2013-04-27Cali (COLOMBIA), 2019-05-03
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2014-02-01Budapest (HUNGARY), 2015-03-20
Doha (QATAR), 2017-12-08
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2019-03-08
Doha (QATAR), 2020-01-24
Olympic Games-1-1
Pekin (CHINA), 2008-08-13
Baku (AZERBAIJAN), 2015-06-23

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She took up the sport in 1996 in Bucharest, Romania.

Why this sport? Her parents wanted her to take up a sport. She initially played tennis before her elder brother Marius, who was a member of CSA Steaua Bucuresti's youth football team, took her to his club's fencing hall. After six months of training, she became national champion in her age group.

Club / Team CSA Steaua Bucuresti: Romania

Handedness Left

General Interest

Hobbies Collecting mementos from places she visits while competing, roller skating, spin classes, growing herbs for cooking. (Facebook page, 12 Jun 2019)

Injuries She had a problem with her left hand following the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (ESCRIME XXI, 08 Mar 2012)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Fencing is my passion, not a job." (anamariabranza.ro, 01 Jun 2017)

Awards and honours In 2017 she and her teammates from the national epee team received the Performance and Team Spirit Award from Romanian news agency News.ro. (frscrima.ro, 28 Mar 2017)

In 2016 she received a Sports Merit Order Class I from the government of Romania. (frscrima.ro, 27 Sep 2016)

In 2016 she was named an Honorary Citizen in Bucharest, Romania. (frscrima.ro, 09 Nov 2016)

In 2015 she was named Athlete of the Year by the CSA Steaua Bucuresti club in Romania. (mediafax.ro, 17 Dec 2015)

Famous relatives Her husband Pavel Popescu has played water polo for CSA Steaua Bucuresti in Romania. (Facebook profile, 17 Jun 2017; agerpres.ro, 03 Oct 2014)

Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (gsp.ro, 29 Mar 2019)

Other information AUTHOR
In 2018 she authored a book for children called 'En Garde. The Little Girl with the Tricolour Mask' that traces her career from childhood to present day. (news.ro, 26 Sep 2018)

She has served as vice president of the Romanian Fencing Federation. (frscrima.ro, 22 May 2017)

In December 2016 she decided to take a break from the sport. In March the following year she announced she intended to return to competition in October 2017. (sptfm.ro, 09 Mar 2017)


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