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Lia Manoliu

Full name: Lia Manoliu (-Raica)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-10 (179 cm)
Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)
Born: April 25, 1932 in Chișinău, Chişinău, Moldova
Died: January 9, 1998 in București, Bucureşti, Romania
Affiliations: Metalul Bucureşti, Bucureşti (ROU)
Country: ROU Romania
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

In 1972, Lia Manoliu became the first track and field athlete to compete at six Olympics. She competed at the national level in tennis, table tennis, volleyball and basketball, before turning to throwing events at age 16. Four years later, in 1952, she competed at her first Olympics, finishing sixth. Manoliu won Olympic discus gold in 1968, adding bronzes in 1960 and 1964, while finishing ninth in 1956 and 1972. She also competed at five European Championships between 1954 and 1971, missing only the 1958 edition, with a best finish of fourth in 1969. Manoliu was Balkan Games Champion in 1958-60, 1962-63, and 1968-69 and Romanian champion in 1952, 1960, 1962-64, 1966 and 1968-70.

Manoliu retired from athletics shortly after the 1972 Olympics, and in 1974 was awarded the UNESCO Fair Play Prize, for promoting the ideals of fair and loyal competition. From 1973-90, Manoliu served as vice-president of the Romanian Olympic Committee, after which she was named President, serving in that position until her death. In 1975 Manoliu was awarded the Olympic Order in bronze and in 1994 the IOC Centennial Trophy. She was a member of the IAAF Women’s Committee from 1976-95 and of the Romanian Senate in 1990-92. Manoliu died of a heart attack in January 1998 after lapsing into a coma during a recent surgery for a brain tumor. In 2012 the national stadium in Bucareşti was named for her.

Personal Best: DT – 62.06 (1972).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Women's Discus Throw Romania ROU 6
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Women's Discus Throw Romania ROU 9
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Women's Discus Throw Romania ROU 3 Bronze
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Women's Discus Throw Romania ROU 3 Bronze
1968 Summer 36 Ciudad de México Athletics Women's Discus Throw Romania ROU 1 Gold OR
1972 Summer 40 München Athletics Women's Discus Throw Romania ROU 9

Women's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Romania Final Round 6 42.65
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Romania Final Round Round One 5 41.57
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Romania Final Round Round Two 6 42.65 42.65
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Romania Final Round Round Three 6 41.48 42.65
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Romania Final Round Round Four 6 36,05 42.65
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Romania Final Round Round Five 6 41.21 42.65
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Romania Final Round Round Six NP 40.79
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Romania Qualifying Round 13 QU 37.58
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Romania Qualifying Round Round 1 8 37.58
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Romania Qualifying Round Round 2 11 37.58 pass
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Romania Qualifying Round Round 3 DNS pass
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Romania Final Round 9 43.90
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Romania Final Round Round One 8 43.90
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Romania Final Round Round Two 9 43.76 43.90
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Romania Final Round Round Three 9 42.72 43.90
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Romania Qualifying Round 8 QU 43.87
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Romania Qualifying Round Round One 5 43.87
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Romania Qualifying Round Round Two 8 pass 43.87
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Romania Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Romania Final Round 3 52.36
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Romania Final Round Round One 1 52.36
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Romania Final Round Round Two 2 foul 52.36
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Romania Final Round Round Three 2 46.29 52.36
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Romania Final Round Round Four 2 50.59 52.36
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Romania Final Round Round Five 2 48.78 52.36
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Romania Final Round Round Six NP 46.96
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Romania Qualifying Round 9 QU 48.57
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Romania Qualifying Round Round One 8 48.57
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Romania Qualifying Round Round Two 9 pass 48.57
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Romania Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Romania Final Round 3 56.97
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Romania Final Round Round One 2 OR 55.90
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Romania Final Round Round Two 3 foul 55.90
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Romania Final Round Round Three 3 foul 55.90
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Romania Final Round Round Four 3 56.09 55.90
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Romania Final Round Round Five 3 56.97 56.97
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Romania Final Round Round Six NP foul
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Romania Qualifying Round 4 QU 53.64
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Romania Qualifying Round Round One 11 47.80
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Romania Qualifying Round Round Two 3 53.64 53.64
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Romania Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1968 Summer 36 Ciudad de México Athletics Romania Final Standings 1 OR 58.28
1968 Summer 36 Ciudad de México Athletics Romania Final Round Round One 1 OR 58.28
1968 Summer 36 Ciudad de México Athletics Romania Final Round Round Two 1 foul 58.28
1968 Summer 36 Ciudad de México Athletics Romania Final Round Round Three 1 pass 58.28
1968 Summer 36 Ciudad de México Athletics Romania Final Round Round Four 1 foul 58.28
1968 Summer 36 Ciudad de México Athletics Romania Final Round Round Five 1 46.82 58.28
1968 Summer 36 Ciudad de México Athletics Romania Final Round Round Six NP foul
1972 Summer 40 München Athletics Romania Final Round 9 58.50
1972 Summer 40 München Athletics Romania Final Round Round One 6 58.18
1972 Summer 40 München Athletics Romania Final Round Round Two 7 58.50 58.50
1972 Summer 40 München Athletics Romania Final Round Round Three 9 foul 58.50
1972 Summer 40 München Athletics Romania Qualifying Round 9 QU 55.88
1972 Summer 40 München Athletics Romania Qualifying Round Round One 5 55.88
1972 Summer 40 München Athletics Romania Qualifying Round Round Two 9 pass 55.88
1972 Summer 40 München Athletics Romania Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
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