Ancuța Bobocel

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Ancuța Bobocel
Bobocel Ancuţa.jpg
Ancuța Bobocel finishes first in the 6th edition of Petrom Cross in Bucharest in 2011
Personal information
Born (1987-10-03) October 3, 1987 (age 31)
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight49 kg (108 lb)
Country Romania
SportTrack and field
Event(s)3000m steeplechase

Ancuța Bobocel (born 3 October 1987 in Drobeta-Turnu Severin) is a Romanian middle-distance runner who specializes in the 3000 metres steeplechase. She represented Romania at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics and is a three-time participant at the World Championships in Athletics (2007, 2009 and 2013). In 2009, she won the European U23 and Jeux de la Francophonie steeplechase titles, as well as a silver at the Summer Universiade.


Bobocel rose to prominence as a junior athlete competing in the steeplechase and in cross country running. She was the silver medallist in the steeplechase at the 2003 European Athletics Junior Championships, then repeated that finish at the 2004 World Junior Championships in Athletics. She was also the junior runner-up at the 2004 European Cross Country Championships that year. In 2005, she was twentieth in the junior race at the World Cross Country Championships and won the junior title at the 2005 European Cross Country Championships. She also retained her silver medal in the steeplechase at the 2005 European Athletics Junior Championships. She set a European junior record of 9:37.45 to take another steeplechase silver at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Athletics, but managed only third in the junior race at the 2006 European Cross Country Championships.[1]

Her senior debut came over 3000 metres at the 2007 European Athletics Indoor Championships, where she was eleventh in the final. At the 2007 European Athletics U23 Championships she was runner-up to Katarzyna Kowalska, then represented Romania in the discipline at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics, being eliminated in the heats stage. The same fate beset her on her Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She set a 3000 m best to finish eighth at the 2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships and reached the top of the podium in the steeplechase at the 2009 European Athletics U23 Championships. She was again eliminated in the heats of the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, but won medals at smaller competitions: she was the silver medallist behind Sara Moreira at the 2009 Summer Universiade and the gold medallist at the 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie.[1]

Bobocel did not progress beyond the heats of the 3000 m at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, but was ninth in the final at the 2010 European Athletics Championships. She did not compete in the steeplechase in 2011, but instead entered the 1500 metres at the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships (although she was knocked out in the heats).[1] She won the senior title at the 2012 World University Cross Country Championships and also led Romania to second in the team rankings.[2]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Romania
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 2nd 3000 m s'chase 9:49.03 PB
European Cross Country Championships Heringsdorf, Germany 2nd Junior race (3.64 km) 15:57
1st Junior race Team 51 pts
2005 European Junior Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 2nd 3000 m s'chase 10:14.29
European Cross Country Championships Tilburg, Netherlands 1st Junior race (4.83 km) 15:23
2nd Junior race Team 48 pts
2006 World Junior Championships Beijing, China 2nd 3000 m s'chase 9:46.19
European Cross Country Championships San Giorgio su Legnano, Italy 3rd Junior race (4.1 km) 12:51
3rd Junior race Team 83 pts
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 11th 3000 m 9:18.76
European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 2nd 3000 m s'chase 9:41.84
World Championships Osaka, Japan 23rd (h) 3000 m s'chase 9:53.44
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 23rd (h) 3000 m s'chase 9:35.31
European Cross Country Championships Brussels, Belgium 5th U23 race (6 km) 21:43
2009 European Indoor Championships Turin, Italy 8th 3000 m 8:59.78
European U23 Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 1st 3000 m s'chase 9:47.90
Universiade Belgrade, Serbia 2nd 3000 m s'chase 9:38.14
World Championships Berlin, Germany 17th (h) 3000 m s'chase 9:34.39
Jeux de la Francophonie Beirut, Lebanon 1st 3000 m s'chase 10:05.01
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 9th (h) 3000 m 8:54.08
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 9th 3000 m s'chase 9:41.20
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 14th (h) 1500 m 4:12.71
European Cross Country Championships Velenje, Slovenia 41st Senior race (8.170 km) 28:17
5th Senior race Team 88 pts
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th 3000 m s'chase 9:41.32
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 16th (h) 3000 m s'chase 9:31.06
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 11th 3000 m 9:18.37
World Championships Moscow, Russia 13th 3000 m s'chase 9:53.35
Jeux de la Francophonie Nice, France 1st 3000 m s'chase 9:46.82
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 17th (h) 3000 m s'chase 9:48.91
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 38th (h) 3000 m s'chase 9:46.28
2017 European Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 11th 3000 m 9:05.74
2018 European Championships Berlin, Germany 10,000 m DNF

Personal bests[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Bobocel Ancuța. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  2. ^ Pierre, Christian (2012-04-16). Individual wins for Algeria and Romania; Japan rules team competitions at World University Cross Country Champs. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.

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