Gabriela Szabo
Gabriela Szabo in May 2014
Personal information
Nickname(s)Gabi[1]
Born14 November 1975 (1975-11-14) (age 45)
Bistriţa, Romania
Height1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)
Weight42 kg (93 lb)
Sport
SportRunning

Gabriela Szabo (Romanian pronunciation: [ɡabriˈela ˈsabo], Hungarian: Szabó Gabriella;[2] born 14 November 1975)[3] 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 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.

Early life

Szabo was born to a Romanian mother and a Hungarian father.[4][5] She is proud of her Hungarian origin, and considers herself partly Hungarian to this day. As a child, Szabo used to speak Hungarian with her friends, but she can only understand a few words today, which she regrets.[1][2]

Post-sport career

Gabriela Szabo as Minister of Youth and Sport in the third Ponta cabinet
Gabriela Szabo as Minister of Youth and Sport in the third Ponta cabinet

As of 19 August 2013 she held the honorific title of Romanian Tourism Ambassador,[6] together with 7 other 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. She held the position until 17 November 2015.

Competition record

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

Personal bests

Outdoor (track)

1500 metres - 3:56.97 (1998)
One mile - 4:19.30 (1998)
3000 metres - 8:21.42 (2002)
5000 metres - 14:31.48 (1998)

Indoor

1500 metres - 4:03.23 (1999)
One mile - 4:23.19 (2001)
2000 metres - 5:30.53 (1998)
3000 metres - 8:32.88 (2001)
5000 metres - 14:47.35 (1999)

2001 Accident

Szabo is remembered for a collision with Ghanaian long-jumper Kofi Amoah Prah during an indoor meeting at Stuttgart in 2001. Szabo was leaving the track after her competition had finished while Amoah was running for his attempt.[7] Szabo walked into Amoah's path and they collided heavily.[8]

References

  1. ^ a b Tóth Gödri, Iringó (6 May 2021). "Gabriela Szabo sajnálja, hogy nem tanult meg magyarul" [Gabriela Szabo regrets that she did not learn Hungarian]. kronikaonline.ro (in Hungarian). Krónika. Retrieved 9 August 2021. ahogy a sportrajongók ismerik, Gabi Szabo [as sports fans know her, Gabi Szabo]
  2. ^ a b Ághassi, Attila (23 November 2005). "'Bánt, hogy már nem tudok magyarul'" ['I'm sorry I can't speak Hungarian anymore']. index.hu (in Hungarian). Index. Retrieved 9 August 2021. Nem véletlen, hogy eszembe sem volt a nevem megváltoztatása [It's no coincidence that I didn't even think of changing my name.]
  3. ^ "Gabriela Szabo Biography and Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 13 September 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  4. ^ Mallows, Lucy (2008). Transylvania. Guilford, Connecticut: The Globe Pequot Press Inc. p. 106. ISBN 978-1-84162-230-9.
  5. ^ Gabi Szabo: „La Chimie, toceam toate formulele. Dar şi astăzi ştiu tabelul lui Mendeleev!“. adevarul.ro (9 March 2013). Retrieved on 11 August 2014.
  6. ^ Romanian Tourism Ambassadors post by DrumLiber.ro, 21 August 2013, drumliber.ro, accessed on 21 August 2013
  7. ^ "Ethiopians sweep medals in 3 000m". news24.com. 4 February 2001. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Athletics long jump collision" on YouTube
Awards Preceded by Christine Arron Women's European Athlete of the Year1999 Succeeded by Trine Hattestad Preceded by Marion Jones Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Year1999 Succeeded by Marion Jones Preceded by Marion Jones Gazzetta dello SportSportswoman of the Year1999 Succeeded by Marion Jones Sporting positions Preceded by Sonia O'Sullivan Women's 3,000 m Best Year Performance1997–2000 Succeeded by Olga Yegorova Preceded by Jiang Bo Women's 5,000 m Best Year Performance1998–1999 Succeeded by Getenesh Wami Preceded by Olga Yegorova Women's 3,000 m Best Year Performance2002–2003 Succeeded by Isabella Ochichi