At the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki in 1994 she won the 10,000 - meter race at the World Athletics Championships 1995 in Gothenburg she won the silver medal in the 5000 meters and the gold medal in the 10,000 meters and at the 1997 World Championships in Athens, the bronze medal over 5000 meters and the silver medal in the 10,000 meters.
At the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Paris in 1997, she was third in the 3,000 - meter race and at the European Championships 1998 in Budapest second in the 10,000 meters.
At the 10,000 - meter race of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, she won the gold medal ahead of Junxia Wang (CHN ) and Gete Wami ( ETH). Four years later she won the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters behind the two Ethiopians Derartu Tulu and Gete Wami at the Games in Sydney.
In 2006, she went to the Hamburg Marathon and finished sixth in 2:29:48 h