Lorena Menghia (born Iasi, Romania on June 12, 1988) is a Romanian former track & field athlete. Her main event was the high jump, but she also competed in the triple jump event, pentathlon, heptathlon and javelin throw.
Her interest in sports began when she was 4 years old and tried sports such as soccer, tennis, basketball and gymnastics, none of which was able to keep her interest.
When she was 10 years old, she was persuaded by her big sister, Catrinel Menghia, to start training with her for track & field. Soon after, she began to try out several athletic events and in a year she became a national champion in the Pentathlon scoring a national record as well.
She participated in Youth European Championships, Hengelo and World Championships in Marrakech. In 2005, she had been ranked 11th high jumper in Europe in her age category.
Menghia continued to train for the Pentathlon until she was 14 years old, when she transferred to a new coach, Marius Ghilase. Soon after that, he and Menghia chose to concentrate on the event that was her best, high jump. She won several national and Balcanic titles, competed in the World and European Championships but didn't make it to the final due to a patellar tendon rupture.
She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska (USA) in 2009–2012, graduating with a degree in Business Management and International Affairs.
At UNL she started competing in the triple jump event and had some notable performances which made her decide to focus more on this event.
After graduating she returned to Europe and competed for A.S. Monaco, qualifying in 2017 for the Games of the Small States in the high jump event.
Post - Athletics
Since 2015, she has been working for Global Millennium Development Foundation, an NGO which is in consultative status with the U.N. In 2018 she became a project manager for the foundation.
Lorena has an older sister, Catrinel Menghia(Marlon), who is a well known supermodel and actress.
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