Tibor Gécsek

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Tibor Gécsek
Personal information
Nationality  Hungary
Born September 22, 1964 (1964-09-22) (age 52)
Szentgotthárd, Hungary
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 107 kg (236 lb)
Country  Hungary
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Hammer throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 83.68 m (1998)

Tibor Gécsek (born September 22, 1964 in Szentgotthárd) is a retired male hammer thrower from Hungary. Gécsek is of Hungarian Slovenian descent.

He won two consecutive World Championships bronze medals in 1993 and 1995. Later that year he received a four-year ban by the IAAF for a positive drugs test. The next year, however, IAAF shortened the maximum ban to two years. Gécsek was therefore reinstated after two years. His personal best throw was 81.68 metres, achieved in September 1988 in Szombathely, until he threw 82.87 metres to win the 1998 European Championships. This achievement earned him the title 1998 Hungarian Sportsman of the Year. Later that year he threw 83.68 metres in Zalaegerszeg to record his ultimate career best.

Gécsek was elected Vice President of the Hungarian Athletic Federation on November 10, 2002.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Hungary
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 7th 77.56 m
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 6th 78.36 m
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 2nd 80.14 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 4th 78.98 m
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 4th 77.78 m
IAAF World Cup Havana, Cuba 1st 80.44 m
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 79.54 m
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th 77.62 m
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 3rd 80.98 m
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st 82.87 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 4th 78.95 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 7th 77.70 m
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 6th 79.25 m


  • Hungarian athlete of the Year (5): 1988, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2000

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Preceded by
Botond Storcz
Hungarian Sportsman of The Year
Succeeded by
Gábor Balogh