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István Rózsavölgyi

Full name: István Rózsavölgyi (Reidl-)
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9.5 (177 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: March 30, 1929 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Died: January 27, 2012
Affiliations: Budapest Honvéd, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

After starting out as a footballer, István Rózsavölgyi, who ran for the Honvéd Club, was a Hungarian middle-distance runner who had his greatest year in 1955. That year he set European records in the 1,500 with 3:42.2 and then 3:41.2. On 21 September 1955 he tied the world 1,000 metre record, running 2:19.0, and on 23 October he shattered the world 2,000 metre record, running 5:02.2 to break the previous record by almost five seconds. In 1956 Rózsavölgyi broke the 1,500 world record with 3:40.5 in Tata. A month previous to that he had battled Gordon Pirie in a 3K race in which both bettered the world record, but Pirie edged out Rózsa with 7:52.8 to 7:53.4. Although never again as dominant, Rózsavölgyi did rank #1 in the world in the 1,500 metres in 1959. His only medal at a major international was his bronze in the 1960 Olympic 1,500, just missing that with a fourth at the 1958 Europeans. He ran on four world record setting relay teams in the 4×1500 or 4×mile. He ran in 36 internationals for Hungary and won six national titles, winning the 800 in 1955 and the 1,500 in 1956-60.

Personal Bests: 800 – 1:48.4 (1959); 1500 – 3:38.8 (1960); Mile – 3:59.0 (1959).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Hungary HUN 5 h1 r1/2
1960 Summer 31 Roma Athletics Men's 800 metres Hungary HUN 4 h3 r1/4
1960 Summer 31 Roma Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Hungary HUN 3 Bronze

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1960 Summer 31 Roma Athletics Hungary Round One Heat Three 4 1:49.4 1:49.51

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Athletics Hungary Round One Heat One 5 3:49.4 3:49.54
1960 Summer 31 Roma Athletics Hungary Final 3 3:39.2
1960 Summer 31 Roma Athletics Hungary Round One Heat One 2 QU 3:42.0 3:42.15
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