06 FEB 2012 Iaaf News Monaco

Rozsavolgyi, former 1500m World record holder, dead at 82

István Rózsavölgyi (MASZ)István Rózsavölgyi (MASZ) © Copyright

The IAAF is deeply saddened to receive the news that István Rózsavölgyi, a middle distance legend and former World record holder, died on 27 January. He was 82.


Born in Budapest in 1929, Rózsavölgyi was one of the star pupils of coach Mihály Iglói who represented Hungary internationally from 1953 through 1961. He set seven World records during this career - in the 1000m, 1500m, 2000m, three times as a member of a 4x1500m Relay team, and again in the 4x1 Mile Relay.


His 1500m record of 3:40.6, set at an Olympic test meeting on 3 August 1956, stood for nearly a year. His 5:02.2 performance in the 2000m, set in Budapest in October 1955, stood for nearly seven years.


Rózsavölgyi competed in both the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games, winning bronze in the latter.


A commemoration will be held on 15 February at 11:00 a.m. on the athletics track at Budapest's Puska´s Ferenc Stadion, formerly known as Ne´pstadion, where he set unforgettable World Records. Mourners are asked to pay their tribute from 10-11, before the commemoration, with one single flower.


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