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Nicoleta Grasu

Nicoleta Grasu
Personal information
Birth name Lenuța Nicoleta Grǎdinaru
Full name Lenuța Nicoleta Grasu
Nationality Romanian
Born (1971-09-11) September 11, 1971
Secuieni, Romania
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight 98 kg (216 lb)
Country  Romania
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 68.80 m (1999)
Updated on 14 August 2012.

Lenuţa Nicoleta Grasu is a Romanian discus thrower. She was born on 11 September 1971 in Secuieni as Nicoleta Grădinaru, but took a new surname when she married fellow discus thrower Costel Grasu.

Grasu is best known for winning medals at the 1999 and 2001 World Championships. A few years followed without any international medals, but she did finish sixth at the 2004 Summer Olympics and fifth at the 2005 World Championships. In 2006 she returned to the medal podium with a bronze at the European Championships.

Her personal best throw is 68.80 metres, achieved in August 1999 in Poiana Braşov.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Romania
1990 World Junior Championships Plovdiv, Bulgaria 6th 53.10 m
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 13th (q) 60.62 m
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 7th 62.10 m
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th 63.64 m
Jeux de la Francophonie Paris, France 1st 60.80 m
1996 Olympic Games USA 7th 63.28 m
IAAF Grand Prix Final Milan, Italy 3rd 63.64 m
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 10th 60.14 m
Universiade Catania, Italy 3rd 60.08 m
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd 65.94 m
1999 Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 1st 65.21 m
World Championships Sevilla, Spain 3rd 65.35 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 19th (q) 58.87 m
2001 Jeux de la Francophonie Ottawa, Canada 1st 64.53 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 2nd 66.24 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 5th 64.92 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th 62.05 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 5th 58.25 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 3rd 63.58 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 2nd 62.32 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 3rd 63.40 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 12th 58.63 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 3rd 65.20 m
2010 European Cup Winter Throwing Arles, France 3rd 59.92 m
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 2nd 63.48 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 8th 62.08 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 14th (q) 61.86 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 22nd (q) 56.31 m


  • Nicoleta Grasu profile at IAAF
  • sports-reference

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Natalya Sadova
Women's Discus Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Natalya Sadova

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