Laine Kallas

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Laine Kallas
Antje Gleichfeld, Laine Kallas, Maryvonne Dupureur, Zsuzsa Szabó 1964.jpg
Laine Kallas (center) at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born 21 April 1942 (1942-04-21) (age 73)
Särevere Parish, Estonia
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 800 m
Club Kalev Tartu
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 800 m – 2:03.6 (1967)[1]

Laine Kallas (née Erik on 21 April 1942) is an Estonian agricultural scientist and a retired middle-distance runner.


Kallas specialized in the 800 metres. In this event she finished sixth at the 1964 Olympics, while at the 1968 Games she was eliminated in semifinals.[2] She won the Soviet titles in 1964, 1967 and 1968. In 1965 she won a gold medal at the Summer Universiade, and in 1964 she was part of the Soviet 3×800 m team that set a world record.[3]


Kallas graduated from the Zootechnics Faculty of Estonian Agricultural Academy in 1969 and in 1984 defended a PhD in agricultural sciences. Between 1969 and 1996 she worked as a researcher at the Institute of Animal Science of Estonian Agricultural University,[3] and after that as a company manager.


  1. ^ "Laine Erik". Track and Field Statistics. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Laine Erik". Sports Reference. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Erik, Laine" (in Estonian). ESBL. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
(Title established)
Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Svetlana Tširkova