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This year at the European Games, 2023, Pola the Golden Albanian Writes History of European Athletics


Luiza Gega is an Albanian middle- and long-distance runner who specialises in the 3000 metres steeplechase since 2016. She won the silver medal in the event at the 2016 European Championships, and a gold in 2022 setting the championship record in the process. Her silver was the first ever Albania’s European medal, while her gold was the first ever title for the country at the European Athletics Championships.

Gega represented Albania at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and 2020 Tokyo Olympics, competing in the women's 3000 m steeplechase.

She competed at the 2019 World Athletics Championships, finishing ninth, and at the 2022 World Athletics Championships, finishing fifth, both in the 3000 metres steeplechase. In 2022 she became European Champion in that discipline, where previously, in 2016, she had been runner-up.

Gega is the Albanian record holder in the 800, 1500, 3000 (those three out and indoor), 5000, 10,000 metres, half-marathon and marathon distances as well as the 2000 and 3000 metres steeplechase.


This year at the European Games, 2023, Poland, Luiza Gega won the 5000-meter running race, she also won the 3000-meter steeplechase race. This is the favorite discipline of Gega, who set a new record in the European Team Championship, completing the course with a time of 9:17.31 minutes. She was 30 seconds faster than her nearest rival, Adva Cohen of Israel. With this victory, Gega has provided Albania with 15 points for the final ranking, while also making a special achievement. It was her 11th victory in the history of the European Team Championships, equaling the most successful athlete with Bulgaria's Ivet Lalova-Collio. In addition to 11 victories, Gega has finished second twice.

"It was confirmed with the European Team Championship record. Luiza Gega has tied with Ivet Lalova-Collio of Bulgaria, as the most successful athlete in the history of the European Athletics Team Championship with 11 victories and two second places", wrote "European Athletics".

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