Mihaela Melinte

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Mihaela Melinte
Personal information
Full nameMihaela Melinte
BornMarch 27, 1975 (1975-03-27) (age 49)
Bacău, Romania
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight84 kg (185 lb)
Country Romania
EventHammer throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best76.07 m (1999)
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Representing  Romania
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1999 Seville Hammer
European Championships
Gold medal – first place Budapest 1998 Hammer
Gold medal – first place 1997 Catania Hammer
Gold medal – first place 1999 Palma de Mallorca Hammer

Mihaela Melinte (born 27 March 1975 in Bacău) is a Romanian hammer thrower. She holds the world junior record, and with 76.07 metres she held the world record until Tatyana Lysenko beat it in July 2005. The twelve-time Romanian national champion, Melinte is also a former European and World champion, but has never participated in the Olympics.

She failed a drugs test at the Notturna di Milano meeting in 2000 (ruling her out of the 2000 Sydney Olympics) and she was banned from the sport for two years for taking nandrolone (an anabolic steroid).[1] Following her ban, she never again reached a major global podium or threw over 72 metres – some way off her previous world record mark.

She took second place in the women's hammer at the 2005 European Cup Winter Throwing, but was less successful at the 2006 edition, where she finished eleventh overall. She finished fourth in both the 2007 and 2008 European Cup Winter Throwing events. She was the bronze medallist at the 2005 Jeux de la Francophonie.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Romania
1997 World Student Games Catania, Italy 1st 69.84 m
European U23 Championships Turku, Finland 1st 70.26 m
1998 Goodwill Games New York, United States 1st 72.64 m
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st 71.17 m
1999 World Student Games Palma de Mallorca, Spain 1st 74.24 m
World Championships Sevilla, Spain 1st 75.20 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 6th 68.69 m
World Athletics Final Szombathely, Hungary 3rd 69.27 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 11th 64.31 m
Jeux de la Francophonie Niamey, Niger 3rd 61.96 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 20th 63.96 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 33rd 62.40 m

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  1. ^ "Melinte suspended for two years for a doping offence". IAAF. 17 July 2001. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
Preceded by Women's Hammer World Record Holder
4 March 1995 – 5 June 1995
Succeeded by
Russia Olga Kuzenkova
Preceded by Women's Hammer World Record Holder
3 March 1997 – 11 June 1997
Succeeded by
Russia Olga Kuzenkova
Preceded by
Russia Olga Kuzenkova
Women's Hammer World Record Holder
13 May 1999 – 15 July 2005
Succeeded by