Doina Melinte

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Doina Melinte
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Competitor for Romania
Olympic Games
Gold 1984 Los Angeles 800 m
Silver 1984 Los Angeles 1500 m
World Championships
Bronze 1987 Rome 1500 m
World Indoor Championships
Gold 1987 Indianapolis 1500 m
Gold 1989 Budapest 1500 m
European Championships
Bronze 1986 Stuttgart 1500 m
European Indoor Championships
Gold 1985 Piraeus 1500 m
Gold 1988 Budapest 1500 m
Gold 1990 Glasgow 1500 m
Silver 1984 Gothenburg 800 m
Bronze 1992 Genoa 1500 m
Gold 1981 Bucharest 800 metres

Doina Ofelia Melinte Romanian pronunciation: [ˈdojna meˈlinte]; neé Besliu, born 27 December 1956) is a retired Romanian middle distance athlete. She is the 1984 Olympic champion in the 800 metres. In 1990, she broke the world indoor record for the mile with 4:17.14. As of 2014, the record still stands.


Melinte was born in Bacău, Romania. She competed as Doina Besliu at the 1980 Moscow Olympics and reached the semi-finals of the 800 metres. In 1982, now competing as Doina Melinte, she was the fastest woman in the world at 800 metres but only finished sixth in the final of that years European Championships in Athens. She also finished sixth in the 800 m final at the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki.

At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, she won a gold medal in the 800 metres ahead of Kim Gallagher of the USA and countrywoman Fiţa Lovin, before winning a silver medal in the 1500 metres behind Gabriella Dorio of Italy and ahead of another Romanian, Maricica Puică. She won a 1500 m bronze medal at the 1986 European Championships, behind the Soviet pair of Ravilya Agletdinova and Tatyana Samolenko. In March 1987, she won the 1500 m at the World Indoor Championships in Indianapolis, ahead of Samolenko. In September of that year, she won a bronze medal at the World Championships in Rome. She originally finished fourth but was promoted one position after the disqualification of original bronze medal winner Sandra Gasser.

At her third Olympic Games in Seoul 1988, she finished a disappointing ninth in the 1500 m final won by her Romanian team-mate Paula Ivan. In 1989, she successfully defended her 1500 m World Indoor title in Budapest, winning in a championship record of 4:04.79. In February 1990, she broke the world indoor mile record with 4:17.14 in East Rutherford. The record (as of 2014) still stands. A month later, she won her third European Indoor title over 1500m in Glasgow. A medal favourite for the 1990 European Championships in Split, she could only finish sixth in the 1500 m final. In 1991, she was fourth in the 1500 m finals at both the World Indoor Championships in Seville and the World Championships in Tokyo.

Melinte concluded her international career at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, where she dropped out of the 1500 m final with 300 m to go.

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