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Liliána SZILÁGYI
Sport Swimming
NOC Hungary   
GenderWomen
Born19 Nov 1996 in Budapest, HUN
Height1.75 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Budapest, HUN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Hungarian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 2004.
Why this sport?
Her father encouraged her to take up the sport.
Club / Team
Ferencvarosi TC: Budapest, HUN
Name of coach
Csaba Sos [national], HUN; Shane Tusup [personal], USA
General Interest
Nicknames
Lilu (blikk.hu, 17 Jun 2016)
Famous relatives
Her father Zoltan also represented Hungary in swimming and competed in freestyle events at the 1988, 1992 and 2000 Olympic Games. Her grandfather Dezso Gyarmati was an international water polo player for Hungary. He won five medals [three gold, one silver, one bronze] at the Olympic Games between 1948 and 1964. (utanpotlassport.hu, 24 May 2012; SportsDeskOnline, 18 Nov 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (fradi.hu, 30 Nov 2020)
Other information
HIATUS
In November 2020 she announced that she was going to take a break from swimming and not compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "It's hard to put it exactly so that everyone understands, especially the outsiders who don't know what I've been going through, I am going through. Maybe it's best to put it this way, I need time." At the same time she expressed her desire to eventually return to training and compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. "I would stress, I didn't retreat, I didn't stop swimming, I just have to stop and take care of myself, my body and my soul, put it right. I am young, I can be a champion again, I can achieve great results. I didn't give up on my dreams, I just really want to put myself together so I can train and compete a way that is worthy of my previous results." (insidethegames.biz, 05 Dec 2020; fradi.hu, 30 Nov 2020)

EATING DISORDER
During her career she has struggled with bulimia, which began at an early age. Speaking in 2020, she said she had overcome the condition. "When I was young I only listened to those who told me that I was fat and what I needed to change about my body. When I was two, I had to take a course of antibiotics for an ear infection for quite some time. This affected not only my digestion but also my hormone balance. That's when I started gaining weight quickly. To help me lose weight, my parents enrolled me in ballet and rhythmic gymnastics. This was not exactly the ideal solution, because in these sports the demands on the girls are not normal. My teammates and coaches said I didn't fit in. By the age of eight, I had the idea that my weight was related to how much I was accepted into a group. I have to remind myself that someone's reaction, comment, or thought about me shouldn't affect me. I have learned that my health is the most important thing and I feel good about myself." (swimswam.com, 11 Aug 2020; life.hu, 16 Apr 2020; 24.hu, 20 May 2019, 07 Jan 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Butterfly 58.31
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Butterfly 2:07.34
Heats 2012 London, ENG 100m Butterfly 1:00.34
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Butterfly 2:07.68
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Butterfly 59.32
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:07.58
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 57.75
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Butterfly 2:07.76
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Butterfly  DNS
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly  DNS
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 2:06.66
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 26.54
Semifinal 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 57.12
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.20
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Butterfly 2:08.69
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Butterfly 58.53
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Butterfly 27.09
8 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:04.58
6 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:29.30
2 2016 London, ENG 200m Butterfly 2:07.24
4 2016 London, ENG 100m Butterfly 57.54
Heats 2012 Debrecen, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:12.84
8 2012 Debrecen, HUN 100m Butterfly 59.76
Heats 2012 Debrecen, HUN 50m Butterfly 28.26
6 2012 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Butterfly 2:07.45
Semifinal 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Butterfly 57.67
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Butterfly 26.70
7 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:39.98
6 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Butterfly 2:05.64
Semifinal 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Butterfly 57.99
5 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Butterfly 2:05.44
Semifinals 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Butterfly 26.58
7 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Butterfly 57.22
  2011 Szczecin, POL 50m Butterfly  DSQ
  2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Backstroke  DSQ
19 2011 Szczecin, POL 100m Butterfly 59.59
17 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Butterfly 2:11.76
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2019 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:00.26
5 2019 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 2:10.49
7 2019 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 1:00.40
6 2018 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:07.19