Miklós Szabó (middle-distance runner)

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Miklós Szabó
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Hungary
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1934 Turin 800 m
Silver medal – second place 1934 Turin 1500 m

Miklós Szabó (6 December 1908 – 3 December 2000) was a Hungarian middle distance runner who held world records over two distances.

Szabó won a silver medal in the first ever European Championship final, finishing second to Luigi Beccali over 1500 metres on the first day of the 1934 European Athletics Championships in Turin.[1] Later in the same championships, Szabó defeated the home favourite, Mario Lanzi, in the final of the 800 metres—the judges awarded him the gold after both men crossed the line in a time of 1:52.0.[2] Szabó was unable to repeat his success at the 1936 Olympics; he was eliminated after finishing fourth in his semi-final over 800 metres[3] and finished seventh in the final of the 1500 metres.[4] Two months after the Olympics, on 4 October 1936, Szabó broke Jules Ladoumègue's world record over 2000 metres with a time of 5:20.4. [5] The following year, on 30 September 1937, he ran 8:56.0 to break Gunnar Höckert's world record over two miles.[6]


  1. ^ "History of the European Athletics Championships". European-Athletics.org. 2007. Archived from the original on 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  2. ^ "Repaso a las ediciones del Campeonato de Europa". RFEA.es. 2009. Archived from the original on April 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Athletics at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games: Men's 800 metres Semi-Finals". Sports Reference. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  4. ^ "Athletics at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games: Men's 1500 metres". Sports Reference. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  5. ^ "World Record Progression: Men, 2000m". saunalahti.fi. 1997. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  6. ^ "World Record Progression: Men, Two miles". saunalahti.fi. 1997. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
Preceded by
France Jules Ladoumègue
Men's 2000 m World Record Holder
4 October 1936 – 2 July 1937
Succeeded by
Sweden Henry Jonsson
Preceded by
Finland Gunnar Höckert
Men's Two Miles World Record Holder
30 September 1937 – 7 June 1939
Succeeded by
Finland Taisto Mäki