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Krisztián MANHERCZ
Sport Water Polo
NOC Hungary   
Born06 Feb 1997 in Budapest, HUN
Height1.92 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
English, German, Hungarian
Higher education
Commerce, Marketing - Budapest Metropolitan University: Hungary
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo at age seven.
Why this sport?
He was involved in swimming before switching to water polo.
Club / Team
Orvosegyetem SC: Budapest, HUN
Name of coach
Daniel Varga [club], HUN; Tamas Marcz [national], HUN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
International Debut
Competing for
General Interest
Mano (nemzetisport.hu, 20 Oct 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (eurosport.hu, 27 Dec 2021)
Hero / Idol
Hungarian water polo player Tamas Kasas. (mob.hu, 11 Jun 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named on the Media All-Star Team at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (fina.org, 08 Aug 2021)

He was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. (fina.org, 13 Aug 2017)

He received the 2012 Ivan Szalay Award, which is presented to the best junior player of the year in Hungary. (Facebook page, 26 Feb 2020)
Famous relatives
His older brother Adam has played water polo at elite level in Hungary. (honved-vizilabda.hu, 01 Jul 2020; nemzetisport.hu, 20 Oct 2017)
Other information
In 2021 he began studying for a degree in psychology at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary. "I plan to play water polo until I am 34 or 35 years old and when Brisbane hosts the Olympics in 2032, I will be 35. I will have so much experience behind me that with this professional background, I could also help a lot with young athletes. The positive surprise in the whole thing is that I enjoy learning this, it's very interesting." (eurosport.hu, 27 Dec 2021)

He started focusing on the defensive side of his game when coach Daniel Varga began training the Orvosegyetem SC club in 2020. "My game has been based on attacking since I was a kid, it was never a secret. I was raised for that too, it comes clearly based on my position. With a child's mind, at the age of 13 or 14, I couldn't imagine what else could provide such enjoyment as scoring goals. This changed with the arrival of Dani Varga. While he didn't have an exact sentencing, I thought I should pay more attention in defence or to practise separately because there's room for improvement in that. It seemed self-evident to me to pay attention to it, and I began to pay more attention to it." (eurosport.hu, 27 Dec 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2022 Budapest, HUN Team  
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
2 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2018 Berlin, GER Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
8 2018 Barcelona, ESP Team  
3 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team