Violeta Szekely

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Violeta Szekely
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Violeta Szekely, née Beclea (born 26 March 1965, in Dolheştii Mari, Suceava County) [1] is a Romanian former middle distance runner who competed mainly in the 1500 metres. She competed in two Olympic Games, in 1992 and 2000.

Suceava County County in Nord-Est, Romania

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Romania Sovereign state in Europe

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1500 metres foremost middle distance track event in athletics

The 1500 metres or 1,500-metre run is the foremost middle distance track event in athletics. The distance has been contested at the Summer Olympics since 1896 and the World Championships in Athletics since 1983. It is equivalent to 1.5 kilometers or approximately ​1516 miles.


She was favored to win the 2000 Summer Olympics 1500 metres after a stellar season, but getting boxed in around the final curb would cost her the gold medal. She only got out about 80 metres from the end and while she made up considerable ground was unable to catch the ground lost while trapped inside to shock winner Nouria Merah-Benida. She was also favored to win the 2001 World 1500 metre title after dominating the Golden League series, but was beaten out by bitter rival and teammate Gabriela Szabo. She did however win a share of the golden league jackspot, by winning all of her Golden league 1500 metre races this season.

Gabriela Szabo Athletics (sport) competitor

Gabriela Szabo is a retired Romanian runner. She competed in the 1500 m and 5000 m events at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and won a gold, a silver and a bronze medal. Szabo was born to a Romanian mother and a Hungarian father, yet she does not speak Hungarian at all.

Szekely retired after the 2002 season.


Beclea tested positive for steroids in February 1995 and was subsequently handed a four-year ban from sports. [2] She also lost the fourth place from the 1500 m at the 1995 IAAF World Indoor Championships. [3]

The 5th IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics were held at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain from 10 March to 12 March 1995. Almost 600 athletes from 131 nations participated in 27 events.

Personal bests

Major achievements

Representing Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 16th (sf)800m 2:08.25
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 12th1500m 4:16.45
1991 World Indoor Championships Sevilla, Spain 2nd800m2:01.75
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 2nd1500m4:09.41
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 24th (h)1500m 4:20.43
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 2nd1500m4:03.53
IAAF Grand Prix Final München, Germany 1st1500m4:15.18
2000 Summer Olympics Sydney, Australia 2nd1500m4:05.15
IAAF Grand Prix Final Doha, UAE 1st1500m4:15.63
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 2nd1500m4:11.17
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 2nd1500m4:01.70

Other achievements:

These are the official results of the Women's 1500 metres event at the 1991 IAAF World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. There were a total number of 42 participating athletes, with three qualifying heats and the final held on Saturday August 31, 1991.

The 2nd IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics were held at the Budapest Sportcsarnok in Budapest, Hungary from March 3 to March 5, 1989. There were a total number of 373 participating athletes from 62 countries.

1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships 1999 edition of the IAAF World Indoor Championships

The 7th IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics were held in the Green Dome Maebashi stadium in Maebashi, Japan from March 5 to March 7, 1999. It was the first time the Championships were staged outside Europe or North America. Primo Nebiolo, president of the IAAF, characterized the championships as "the greatest ever". There were a total number of 487 participating athletes from 115 countries.

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  1. "Violeta Beclea-Szekely Bio, Stats and Results". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  2. LA Times: Lewis (64) Leads at New Orleans, 31 March 1995
  3. Istanbul 2012 – Notes on contents, IAAF, p. 45, retrieved 14 February 2015
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