Ellen van Langen
|Competitor for the 23x15px Netherlands|
|Gold medal – first place||1992 Barcelona||800 metres|
|Silver medal – second place||1989 Duisburg||800 metres|
Van Langen was born in Oldenzaal, Overijssel. She has a degree in economics from the University of Amsterdam. Before she started running she played football. In 1989, she won a silver medal behind Ana Quirot at the World Student Games (Universiade), running 1:59.82. In 1990, she finished fourth in the final of the European Championships in Split, with 1:57.57.
At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Van Langen won the Olympic title in the 800 m in a time of 1:55.54, a time which remained her personal best. As of 2014, the time ranks her 14th on the world all-time list. After her Olympic triumph, she was plagued by various injuries. Her best result after 1992 was a 6th-place finish at the 1995 World Championships. She retired from the sport in 1998.
- "Eindelijk worden oude helden erkend als inspiratiebron". Trouw (in Nederlands). August 10, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
|Awards and achievements|
23x15px Ingrid Haringa
|Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
| Succeeded by|
23x15px Leontien van Moorsel
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