Track & Field

    Laszlo Tabori
    Laszlo  Tabori

    Distance Coach

    Famed distance great Lazlo Tabori works with the USC men's distance runners and the Men of Troy running club team.

    Tabori has a wealth of experience to share with the Trojans. After all, he was the third man to break the four-minute barrier in the mile. He did so on May 28th, 1955 with a time of 3:59, joining Roger Bannister and John Landy in that elite group. That same year he held the 1500m World Record with a time of 3:40.8. He was also a member of the World Record-breaking team in the 4x1500m relay. Among his many accomplishment are such notable feats as being an Olympian at the 1957 Melbourne Games in the 1500m and 5000m races.

    Laszlo's coaching methods are well founded. He trained himself by the methods of the great middle distance Hungarian coach Mihaly Igloi in Hungary, then later in the United States after the 1956 Olympic Games. Tabori is a great believer in the interval method of training.

    He coached Valley Junior College in the 1970s where his team won three state titles and held the national junior record for the 10,000 distance medley and the 4 x 1 mile relay. Jacqueline Hansen, winner of the Boston and Western Hemisphere Marathons and Miki Gorman, winner of the New York City and Boston Marathons, were two of his athletes who achieved international recognition during the 1970s.

    Tabori was instrumental in the development of 800m runner Duane Solomon who earned All-America status, placing seventh at the NCAAs in 2007 and third in 2008. Solomon also ran the second fastest 800m time in USC history (1:45.69) while placing third at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

    In 1979, Runners World magazine bestowed upon Tabori the prestigious Paavo Nurmi Award for Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Hungarian Hall of Fame in Budapest, Hungary in 1995 for his great accomplishments as a world class athlete and Olympian. In 2002, Tabori received the Fair Play Award in Frankfurt, Germany given by the International Olympic Committee for lifetime achievement and outstanding contribution to the sport. He has written a popular book on his life and running called Tabori Es A Torbiek.