Tibor Gécsek

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Tibor Gécsek
Personal information
NationalityFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
Born22 September 1964 (1964-09-22) (age 56)
Szentgotthárd, Hungary
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight107 kg (236 lb)
CountryFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
SportMen's Athletics
Event(s)Hammer throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)83.68 m (1998)

Tibor Gécsek (born 22 September 1964 in Szentgotthárd) is a retired male hammer thrower from Hungary. Gécsek is of Hungarian Slovenian descent.


He won two consecutive World Championships bronze medals in 1993 and 1995. Later that year he received a four-year ban by the IAAF for a positive drugs test. The next year, however, IAAF shortened the maximum ban to two years. Gécsek was therefore reinstated after two years. His personal best throw was 81.68 metres, achieved in September 1988 in Szombathely, until he threw 82.87 metres to win the 1998 European Championships. This achievement earned him the title 1998 Hungarian Sportsman of the Year. Later that year he threw 83.68 metres in Zalaegerszeg to record his ultimate career best.

Gécsek was elected Vice President of the Hungarian Athletic Federation on 10 November 2002.

International competitions

Representing Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy7th77.56 m
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea6th78.36 m
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia2nd 80.14 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan4th78.98 m
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain4th77.78 m
IAAF World Cup Havana, Cuba1st 80.44 m
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany3rd79.54 m
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland5th 77.62 m
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden3rd80.98 m
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary1st 82.87 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain4th78.95 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia7th77.70 m
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany6th79.25 m


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Preceded by
Botond Storcz
Hungarian Sportsman of The Year
Succeeded by
Gábor Balogh