Full name: István Rózsavölgyi (Reidl-)
Height: 5-9.5 (177 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: March 30, 1929 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Died: January 27, 2012 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Affiliations: Budapest Honvéd, Budapest (HUN)
Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)
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).
|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|
|1960 Summer||31||Roma||Athletics||Hungary||Round One||Heat Three||4||1:49.4||1:49.51|
|1956 Summer||27||Melbourne||Athletics||Hungary||Round One||Heat One||5||3:49.4||3:49.54|
|1960 Summer||31||Roma||Athletics||Hungary||Round One||Heat One||2||QU||3:42.0||3:42.15|