Laine Erik (married name Kallas; born 21 April 1942) is an Estonian agricultural scientist and a retired middle-distance runner.

Laine Erik
Laine Kallas 1964.jpg
Laine Erik at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born21 April 1942 (1942-04-21) (age 80)
Särevere Parish, Estonia
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
Event(s)800 m
ClubKalev Tartu
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800 m – 2:03.6 (1967)[1]
Medal record
Representing the  Soviet Union
Summer Universiade
Gold medal – first place 1965 Budapest 800 metres


Erik 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]


She 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. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. 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