Mihaela Botezan

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Mihaela Maria Botezan (born 21 November 1976 in Ocna Mureş) is a Romanian long-distance runner who specializes mainly in the 10000 metres and the half marathon. She represented Romania at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 2002 European Athletics Championships, twice at the World Championships in Athletics (2001, 2003) and five times at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

She holds the current Romanian national record in the 10,000 m with 31:11.24 minutes, achieved at the 2004 Summer Olympics. This beat Viorica Ghican's time which had stood since 1990.[1]

She received a two-year ban from the sport for doping, after testing positive for chlorthalidone (a diuretic) at the 2007 Hamburg Marathon.[2]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Romania
2000 World Half Marathon Championships Veracruz, Mexico 6th Half marathon
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 5th 10,000 m
World Half Marathon Championships Bristol, United Kingdom 10th Half marathon
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 6th 5000 m
4th 10,000 m
World Half Marathon Championships Brussels, Belgium 4th Half marathon 1:09:24 PB
2003 World Championships Paris, France 13th 10,000 m
51st Marathon 2:41:13
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 11th 10,000 m 31:11.24 NR
World Half Marathon Championships New Delhi, India 10th Half marathon
2005 World Half Marathon Championships Edmonton, Canada 5th Half marathon

Personal bests[edit]

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