Gabriela Szabo

Gabriela Szabo ( Hungarian notation Gabriela Szabo, born November 14, 1975 in Bistrita, Bistrita-Nasaud circle ) is a former Romanian athlete and current Sportfunktionärin. She was middle and long distance runner and Olympic gold medalist.


At the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki in 1994, the then 18 - year-old won the bronze medal in the 3000 -meter run. Then it went with her career steeply uphill.

In particular, in the Olympics, she was successful. At the games in Atlanta in 1996, she won the silver medal in the 1500 meter run behind the Russian Svetlana Masterkowa and before Theresia Kiesl from Austria. At the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, she won the gold medal in the 5000 -meter run before the Irishwoman Sonia O'Sullivan and the Ethiopian Gete Wami and the bronze medal over 1500 meters behind the Algerian Nouria Merah - Benida and her compatriot Violeta Szekely.

Three times she became world champion: in the 1997 World Cup and the 1999 World Cup over 5000 m at the 2001 World Cup over 1500 m. She was also three times world indoor champion in the 3000 m ( 1995, 1997, and 1999) and holds the indoor world record in the 5000m with a time of 14:47,35 min.

Her last major success was winning the silver medal in the 1500 m at the European Championships in Munich in 2002. This was their third European Championship bronze medal over 3000 meters in 1994 and silver over 5000 meters in 1998. In the hall she was in 1998 and 2000 European champion over 3000 meters.

Since 1999 she has been married to her coach Zsolt Gyöngyössy. In 2004, she retired from competitive sports and devoted himself to the completion of their sports studies. In 2010, she serves as Vice President of the Romanian Association of Athletics Federations.