Natalia Mărășescu

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Natalia Mărăşescu (née Andrei; born 3 October 1952) is a retired Romanian middle distance runner who specialized mainly in the 1500 metres.


Mărăşescu set two world records over the mile; 4:23.8 minutes on 21 May 1977 in Bucharest, and 4:22.09 minutes on January 27, 1979 in Auckland. The record was broken by Mary Slaney won ran in 4:21.68 minutes a year later in the same city. The current record is 4:12.56. [1] She briefly held the record in 5000 metres, with 15:41.4 minutes. This record lasted less than four months before being broken by Jan Merrill. [2]

Doping Ban[edit]

Mărăşescu was banned for taking anabolic steroids in 1979 for 18 months.[1][2] After 8 months Mărăşescu was reinstated[3] 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."


Year Tournament Venue Result Event
1975 European Indoor Championships Katowice, Poland 1st 1500 m
1976 European Indoor Championships Munich, West Germany 2nd 1500 m
Olympic Games Montreal, Canada semi-final 1500 m
1977 Universiade Sofia, Bulgaria 2nd 1500 m
1978 European Indoor Championships Milan, Italy 2nd 1500 m
European Championships Prague, Czechoslovakia 2nd 1500 m
European Championships Prague, Czechoslovakia 2nd 3000 m
1979 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 1st 1500 m
Universiade Mexico City, Mexico 1st 1500 m
1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union 9th 1500 m


  1. ^ 7 women fail dope test, The Deseret News, 25 October 1979
  2. ^ Scorecard. In: Sports Illustrated. 31 Märch 1980
  3. ^ Olympic Review: Within the IFs (PDF; 386 kB). 1980