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Gergo ZALÁNKI
Sport Water Polo
NOC Hungary   
GenderMen
Born26 Feb 1995 in Eger, HUN
Height1.93 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Fruzsina
Residence
Recco, ITA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Hungarian, Italian
Higher education
Physical Education - Karoly Eszterhazy University: Eger, HUN
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
He did not like being in the water at first because it was cold. His parents kept encouraging him to play and eventually he started enjoying the sport.
Club / Team
Pro Recco: Italy
Name of coach
Sandro Sukno [club], CRO; Tamas Marcz [national], HUN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Wing
Handedness
Left
International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
Hungary
General Interest
Nicknames
Grande Giorgo, Zalesz (vlv.hu, 19 Sep 2021; evamagazin.hu, 11 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Travel, spending time with his wife. (m4sport.hu, 14 Oct 2021)
Injuries
In July 2020 he suffered a knee injury while training with his club and underwent surgery. He resumed playing in October 2020. (fradi.hu, 30 Oct 2020; origo.hu, 22 Jul 2020)

In January 2019 he had glandular fever [mononucleosis] and did not train for a month. (borsonline.hu, 03 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named in the All-Star team at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (fina.org, 27 Jul 2019)

 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