Born László Talabircsuk, László Tábori claimed he learned to run in World War II, when he stole food from German soldiers and ran for his escape. He joined the Hónved Club after the war, training under Mihály Igloi, and made the world lists for the first time in 1954. Tábori left the Army in 1955 and began work in a leather factory, but it was that year that he emerged as a world leader. He became the third man (after Roger Bannister and John Landy) to break 4-minutes for the mile, recording 3:59.0 to beat Britons Chris Chataway and Brian Hewson, who followed him under four minutes. In Oslo, on 6 September 1955, he equaled the world record of 3:40.8 for 1,500 metres, set by his countryman Sándor Iharos. At Melbourne he had to race shortly after the Soviet invasion of his country, and all the Hungarian performances suffered. After the Olympics he defected to the United States with Igloi, where he ran through the 1962 season. He worked as a wheelchair designer and began coaching the San Fernando Valley Track Club, later opening a running shoe store.
Personal Bests\: 1500 – 3:40.8 (1955); Mile – 3:59.0 (1955); 5000 – 13:52.6 (1960).