Maria Cioncan

Maria Cioncan (June 19, 1977 - January 21, 2007) was a middle distance runner from Romania, best known for winning a bronze medal in the 1500 metres event at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Maria Cioncan
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Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Romania
2004 Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place Women's 1,500 metres 1500 m


Born in Maieru, she set personal bests in both 800 and 1500 metres during the games. Her 2005 season was cut short, and her only notable competition appearance was at the SPAR European Cup in Firenze, Italy where she won the 800 (2:00.88) and placed second in the 1500 (4:07.39). Cioncan's last competition on the top international level was the 2006 World Indoor Championships, where she failed to progress past the first heat of the 800m. Earlier that indoor season she ran an indoor personal best of 2:01.70.

On January 21, 2007, Cioncan died in a car accident near Pleven, Bulgaria. She was returning from a training camp in Greece when her vehicle flipped over and struck a tree, killing her instantly.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Romania
1999 European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 800 m DNF
7th 1500 m 4:14.00
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 16th (h) 1500 m 4:17.47
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 11th 3000 m 9:08.07
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 16th (h) 1500 m 4:14.52
World Championships Paris, France 9th (sf) 800 m 2:00.72
9th 1500 m 4:02.80
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 7th 800 m 1:59.62
3rd 1500 m 3:58.39
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 8th 800 m 2:04.55
10th 1500 m 4:08.09
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 16th (h) 800 m 2:05.17

Personal bestsEdit

External linksEdit

  • Maria Cioncan at World Athletics
  • Press Association (21 January 2007). "Cioncan, Olympic 1500m bronze medallist, killed in car accident". IAAF. Retrieved 2007-01-21.