Ellen van Langen

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Ellen van Langen
Medal record
Women's athletics
Competitor for the  Netherlands
Olympic Games
Gold 1992 Barcelona 800 metres

Ellen Gezina Maria van Langen (born February 9, 1966 in Oldenzaal, Overijssel) is a former Dutch middle distance runner. Van Langen has a degree in economics at the University of Amsterdam. Before she started running, she played football.

At the 1992 Summer Olympics 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. After her major achievement, she was plagued by various injuries. Her best result after 1992 was a 6th place 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. ^ (Dutch) "Eindelijk worden oude helden erkend als inspiratiebron". Trouw. August 10, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 

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

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