Ileana Silai

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Ileana Silai
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Personal information
Born14 October 1941 (1941-10-14) (age 78)
Kolozsvár, Hungary[1]
Event(s)400 m, 800 m, 1500 m
ClubMetalul Bucureşti
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)400 m – 53.6 (1969)
800 m – 1:57.39 (1977)
1500 m – 3:58.5 (1979)[1][2]

Ileana Silai (née Gergely on 14 October 1941) is a retired Romanian middle-distance runner. She competed in the 800 m at the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympics and in the 1500 m at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics. She won a silver over 800 m in 1968. At the European indoor championships she won silver medals in the 800 metres in 1971 and 1972 and a gold in the 1500 m in 1978.


Silai took up athletics in 1957, following her brother, and first trained in sprint and long jump. She then married and had a break from athletics until 1963. After retiring she moved to Munich, Germany, where her husband worked as an architect and she trained children. Since 1991 she has not been involved with sport.[3]


In 1979 Silai was banned for 18 months for taking anabolic steroids.[4][5] After 8 months she was reinstated[6] after IAAF President Adriaan Paulen of the Netherlands said that an 18-month suspension in the steroid case would have kept the women out of the Moscow Olympics, which would have constituted "an extra penalty." He said that the IAAF Council had therefore reinstated them for "humane reasons."


  1. ^ a b Ileana Silai.
  2. ^ Ileana Silai.
  3. ^ Gál, László (29 August 2016). Kolozsvár elfeledett olimpikonja: Silay Ilona.
  4. ^ 7 women fail dope test, The Deseret News, 25 October 1979
  5. ^ Scorecard. In: Sports Illustrated. 31 March 1980
  6. ^ Olympic Review: Within the IFs (PDF; 386 kB). 1980