Rodica Arba-Pușcatu

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRodica•Arba-Pușcatu
Used nameRodica•Arba-Pușcatu
Born5 May 1962 in Petricani, Neamț (ROU)
Measurements179 cm / 75 kg
AffiliationsDinamo București, București (ROU)
NOC Romania
Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 4


Rodica Arba (né Puşcatu) is the most titled rower ever in Olympic history, with seven medals and four gold medals. As Rodica Puşcatu she won an Olympic bronze in 1980 at Moscow in the eights. She and Olga Bularda-Homeghi added a gold medal in 1984 at Los Angeles in the coxless pairs. In between, Arba- Puşcatu had won three medals at the world championships - 3rd in the 1981 coxless pairs, 3rd in the 1982 coxed fours, and 2nd in the 1983 coxless pairs. Her 1984 gold started her on a winning pattern, as she and Bularda-Homeghi won the World Championships in coxless pairs in 1985-87 and also at the 1988 Olympics, adding a 1987 World title in the eights. Rodica Arba added a silver in the eights at Seoul to give her her fourth Olympic medal.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1980 Summer Olympics Rowing ROU Rodica Puşcatu
Eights, Women (Olympic) Romania 3 Bronze
1984 Summer Olympics Rowing ROU Rodica Arba
Coxless Pairs, Women (Olympic) Elena Horvat 1 Gold
1988 Summer Olympics Rowing ROU Rodica Arba
Coxless Pairs, Women (Olympic) Olga Homeghi-Bularda 1 Gold
Eights, Women (Olympic) Romania 2 Silver