Maria Diaconescu

Maria Diaconescu (née Diți; born 16 November 1937) is a Romanian former javelin thrower. She won the silver medal in women's javelin throw at the 1962 European Athletics Championships, competed in the Summer Olympics twice, and was ranked in the world's top ten five times between 1957 and 1964.

Maria Diaconescu
Personal information
Nationality Romania
Born(1937-11-16)November 16, 1937[1]
Câmpulung Moldovenesc, Romania
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Javelin: 56.64 (1961)
Medal record
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1962 Belgrade Javelin throw
FISU World University Games
Silver medal – second place 1961 Sofia Javelin throw
Bronze medal – third place 1959 Turin Javelin throw
UIE World Student Games
Silver medal – second place 1957 Moscow Javelin throw
Silver medal – second place 1962 Helsinki Javelin throw

CareerEdit

Diaconescu won her first international medals in 1957, winning gold at the Balkan Games in Athens with a throw of 52.14 m and placing second behind Inese Jaunzeme at the UIE World Student Games in Moscow with 50.06 m.[2][3] Jan Popper, a Czechoslovakian sports statistician, ranked her second in the world that year, behind only Dana Zátopková and ahead of the previous year's number one, Jaunzeme.[4] In 1958 Diaconescu placed seventh at the European Championships, but was not ranked in the world's top ten.[4][5] In 1959 she placed third behind Elvīra Ozoliņa and Urszula Figwer at the first Summer Universiade in Turin.[6] She competed in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, qualifying for the final but only placing tenth.[1]

In 1961 Diaconescu was ranked fourth in the world, her second top 10 ranking,[4] after she placed second behind Yelena Gorchakova at the second Summer Universiade with a throw of 50.64 m[6] and threw 56.64 m, her personal best, in Sofia on July 15.[7] In 1962 she placed second to Ozoliņa at both the European Championships in Belgrade and the UIE World Student Games in Helsinki[3][5] and was again world-ranked second.[4] She remained in the world's top ten in 1963 and 1964;[4] at the 1964 Summer Olympics she threw 53.71 m and placed sixth.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Maria Diţi-Diaconescu Bio, Stats and Results". Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 13 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Balkan Games/Championships". Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 13 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "World Student Games (UIE)". Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 13 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e "World Rankings — Women's Javelin" (PDF). Track & Field News. Retrieved 13 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b Jalava, Mirko; et al. "Zürich 2014 European Athletics Championship: Statistics Handbook" (pdf). European Athletics Association. Retrieved 13 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "World Student Games (Universiade - Women)". Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 13 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Maria Diaconescu (née Diti)". trackfield.brinkster.net. Retrieved 13 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)