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Mihaela Peneș

Full name: Mihaela Peneș (-Brandsdorfer)
Gender: Female
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 207 lbs (94 kg)
Born: July 22, 1947 in București, Bucureşti, Romania
Country: ROU Romania
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Mihaela Peneș was a swimmer and played handball and basketball before taking up athletics. She first competed internationally at the 1964 Olympics, where at only 17 years and 86 days old, she won a surprising gold medal. In the first round of the Olympic final, Peneș became the third woman to throw over the 60 m barrier, with 60.54. That result baffled the favorites [Elvīra Ozoliņa], who had became the first woman to throw javelin over 60 m earlier in the year, at the Soviet Championships, and [Yelena Gorchakova], who had broken that world record with 62.40 in the qualifying round, so that Gorchakova could only manage bronze, while Ozoliņa finished fifth. Ozoliņa was so distraught with her performance that she went to the Olympic Village hair stylist and had all her hair shaved off.

After her surprise victory at the 1964 Olympics, Peneș won gold at the 1965 Universiade and silver at the 1966 European Championships. She last competed internationally at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, where she won silver. Peneș was also Romanian javelin champion from 1965-68. She finished her athletics career after the 1968 Olympics and then worked as an athletics coach and official. She joined the Romanian NOC in 1990, became the head of its international department in 1995, and in January-April 1999 served as its Secretary General.

Personal Best: JT – 60.68 (1967).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Romania ROU 1 Gold
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Romania ROU 2 Silver

Women's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics Romania Final Round 1 60.54
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics Romania Final Round Round One 1 60.54
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics Romania Final Round Round Two 1 52.76 60.54
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics Romania Final Round Round Three 1 foul 60.54
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics Romania Final Round Round Four 1 50.72 60.54
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics Romania Final Round Round Five 1 51.44 60.54
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics Romania Final Round Round Six NP 53.77
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics Romania Qualifying Round 6 QU 51.19
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics Romania Qualifying Round Round One 10 43.00
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics Romania Qualifying Round Round Two 15 foul 43.00
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics Romania Qualifying Round Round Three NP 51.19
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Romania Final Standings 2 59.92
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Romania Final Round Round One 1 59.92
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Romania Final Round Round Two 2 54.68 59.92
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Romania Final Round Round Three 2 foul 59.92
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Romania Final Round Round Four 2 51.40 59.92
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Romania Final Round Round Five 2 58.36 59.92
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Romania Final Round Round Six NP foul
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