Gabriela Szabo

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Gabriela Szabo
Lansarea candidaturii Gabrielei Szabo pentru Camera Deputatilor, Voluntari - 04.05 (43) (14271151217) (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Born 14 November 1975 (1975-11-14) (age 41)
Bistriţa, Romania
Height 1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)
Weight 42 kg (93 lb)
Sport Running

Gabriela Szabo (Romanian pronunciation: [ɡabriˈela ˈsabo], born 14 November 1975)[1] is a retired Romanian runner. She competed in the 1500 m and 5000 m events at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, and won a gold, a silver and a bronze medal. Szabo was born to a Romanian mother and a Hungarian father,[2] yet she does not speak Hungarian at all.[3]

Szabo is a three-time world champion. Throughout her entire career she was coached by Zsolt Gyöngyössy, whom she eventually married. In May 2005 she retired from competitions due to exhaustion. She remains the European record holder in the 3000 m.

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

On 5 March 2014, she was appointed Minister of Youth and Sport in the Victor Ponta social-democratic government.

Competition record[edit]

Gabriela Szabo as Minister of Youth and Sport in the third Ponta cabinet
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. Archived from the original on 13 September 2011. 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. ^ Gabi Szabo: „La Chimie, toceam toate formulele. Dar şi astăzi ştiu tabelul lui Mendeleev!“. (9 March 2013). Retrieved on 11 August 2014.
  4. ^ Romanian Tourism Ambassadors post by, 21 August 2013,, accessed on 21 August 2013

External links[edit]

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France Christine Arron
Women's European Athlete of the Year
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Norway Trine Hattestad
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United States Marion Jones
Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Year
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Gazzetta dello Sport
Sportswoman of the Year

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Sporting positions
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Women's 3,000 m Best Year Performance
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Russia Olga Yegorova
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China Jiang Bo
Women's 5,000 m Best Year Performance
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Ethiopia Getenesh Wami
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Women's 3,000 m Best Year Performance
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Kenya Isabella Ochichi