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Ellen van Langen

Ellen van Langen
Medal record
Women's athletics
Competitor for the 23x15px Netherlands
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona 800 metres
Silver medal – second place 1989 Duisburg 800 metres

Ellen Gezina Maria van Langen (born February 9, 1966) is a Dutch former middle distance runner, who specialised in the 800 metres. She is the 1992 Olympic Champion.


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.

After her gold medal win in 1992 the Amsterdam unemployment benefits office terminated her dole on grounds that she might earn money from her victory in the future.[1]


  1. "Eindelijk worden oude helden erkend als inspiratiebron". Trouw (in Nederlands). August 10, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
23x15px Ingrid Haringa
Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
23x15px Leontien van Moorsel

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