Marian Oprea

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Marian Oprea (born June 6, 1982 in Piteşti) is a Romanian athlete, competing in triple jump, who won the silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games. His personal best is 17.81 meters.

He took his first major medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships in Athletics, winning the gold with a jump of 16.41 m. Oprea won the bronze medal in the triple jump at the 2005 World Athletics Championships in Helsinki and also at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg.

He suffered a serious knee injury (tendonitis) and missed the 2009 World Championships in Athletics as a result.[1] He opted to undergo major surgery and brought an end to a two-year-long injury hiatus with a jump of 16.88 m in May 2010.[2] He proved himself to be back to peak fitness with a silver medal performance at the 2010 European Athletics Championships (jumping 17.51 m) and then taking the gold medal at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup later that season.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Romania
1999 World Youth Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 4th 15.70 m
European Junior Championships Riga, Latvia 3rd 15.98 m
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 1st 16.41 m
2001 European Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 1st 16.65 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 13th (q) 16.62 m
Universiade Beijing, China 2nd 17.11 m
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 2nd 17.22 m
European Championships Munich, Germany 14th (q) 16.47 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 8th 16.59 m
European U23 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 2nd 17.28 m
World Championships Paris, France 17th (q) 16.55 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 5th 17.19 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd 17.55 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 17.40 m
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 4th 17.34 m
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 3rd 17.18 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 5th 17.22 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 2nd 17.51 m
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 3rd 17.62 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 15th (q) 16.61 m
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 11th (q) 16.58 m
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 19th (q) 16.17 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 6th 16.82 m
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 4th 17.21 m
European Championships Zurich, Switzerland 5th 16.94 m