Full name: IstvÃ¡n RÃ³zsavÃ¶lgyi (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 HonvÃ©d, Budapest (HUN)
Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)
After starting out as a footballer, IstvÃ¡n RÃ³zsavÃ¶lgyi, who ran for the HonvÃ©d 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 RÃ³zsavÃ¶lgyi 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 RÃ³zsa with 7:52.8 to 7:53.4. Although never again as dominant, RÃ³zsavÃ¶lgyi 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 4Ã1500 or 4Ãmile. 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 â 1:48.4 (1959); 1500 â 3:38.8 (1960); Mile â 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|