Gabriela Szabo

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Gabriela Szabo
Gabriela Szabo.PNG
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Competitor for  Romania
Olympic Games
Gold 2000 Sydney 5000 m
Silver 1996 Atlanta 1500 m
Bronze 2000 Sydney 1500 m
World Championships
Gold 1997 Athens 5000 m
Gold 1999 Seville 5000 m
Gold 2001 Edmonton 1500 m
Gold 1995 Fukuoka 5000 m

Gabriela Szabo (Romanian pronunciation: [ɡabriˈela ˈsabo], Hungarian: Szabó Gabriella; born November 14, 1975 in Bistriţa)[1] is a Romanian former track and field athlete winner of the gold medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics in 5000 m and winner of bronze and silver medals in 1996 Summer Olympics and 2000 Summer Olympics in 1500 m, respectively. Szabo, born to a Romanian mother and a Hungarian father, was born in Bistriţa on 14 November 1975. [2] Her native language is Romanian and she doesn't speak Hungarian at all.[3]

Szabo is also a three-time world champion. She always had a single coach, Zsolt Gyöngyössy, whom she eventually married. In May 2005 she announced her withdrawal from professional sport. She remains the European record holder over 3000 m.

She retired from athletics in 2005 amid health problems and a decline in her performance, citing exhaustion.

As of 19th of August 2013 she owns the honorific title of Romanian Tourism Ambassador[4] together with other 7 cultural and sport personalities of Romania.

On March 5th, 2014, she became Minister of Youth and Sports in the Victor Ponta social-democratic government.

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Romania
1991 European Junior Championships Thessaloniki, Greece 1st 3000 m 9:19.28
1992 World Junior Championships Seoul, South Korea 2nd 3000 m 8:48.28
1993 European Junior Championships San Sebastián, Spain 1st 3000 m 8:50.97
1994 World Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 1st 3000 m 8:47.40
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 3000 m 8:40:08
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain 1st 3000 m 8:54.50
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 4th 5000 m 14:56.57
Universiade Fukuoka, Japan 1st 1500 m 15:29.86
1st 5000 m 15:29.86
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 2nd 1500 m 4:01.54
23rd (h) 5000 m 15:42.35
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 1st 3000 m 8:45.75
World Championships Athens, Greece 1st 5000 m 14:57.68
Universiade Catania, Italy 1st 1500 m 4:10.31
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 1st 3000 m 8:49.96
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 2nd 5000 m 15:08.31
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 1st 1500 m 4:03.23
1st 3000 m 8:36.42
World Championships Seville, Spain 1st 5000 m 14:41.82
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 1st 3000 m 8:42.06
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 3rd 1500 m 4:05.27
1st 5000 m 14:40.79
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 2nd 3000 m 8:39.65
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st 1500 m 4:00.57
8th 5000 m 15:19.55
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 2nd 1500 m 3:58.81
2003 World Championships Paris, France 11th 5000 m 14:59.36


  1. ^ "Gabriela Szabo Biography and Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Mallows, Lucy (2008). Transylvania. Guilford, Connecticut: The Globe Pequot Press Inc. p. 106. ISBN 978-1-84162-230-9. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Romanian Tourism Ambassadors post by, 21 august 2013,, accessed on 21st of August 2013

External links[edit]

Preceded by
France Christine Arron
Women's European Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
Norway Trine Hattestad
Preceded by
United States Marion Jones
Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
United States Marion Jones
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Republic of Ireland Sonia O'Sullivan
Women's 3,000 m Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Russia Olga Yegorova
Preceded by
China Jiang Bo
Women's 5,000 m Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Ethiopia Getenesh Wami
Preceded by
Russia Olga Yegorova
Women's 3,000 m Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Kenya Isabella Ochichi