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Sport Water Polo
NOC Hungary   
Born19 Aug 1981 in Budapest, HUN
Height1.92 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo in 1992.
Why this sport?
"For me water polo is not about getting into the record books. I play water polo because I love it and there is no better feeling than winning, and if you play for Hungary this joy is almost continuous."
Club / Team
Racionet Honved: Hungary
Name of coach
Lajos Vad [club]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre back
International Debut
Competing for
General Interest
Marci (vlv.hu, 14 Jul 2014)
Fishing, going to cinema. (vlv.hu, 01 Aug 2016)
In April 2014 he began to suffer chest pains during a match in Budapest, Hungary. He was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed as having suffered a heart attack. He required surgery but recovered in time to compete at the 2014 European Championships in Budapest three months later. (vlv.hu, 04 Jan 2015; nemzetisport.hu, 05 Apr 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2012 he received the Silver Cross of Merit of Hungary [civil division]. (szivosmarton.hu, 17 Sep 2012)

In 2012 he received the honorary title National Defence from the Hungarian Ministry of Defence. (szivosmarton.hu, 11 Sep 2012)

He received the 2008/09 Water Polo Strider Gold Award, given to the leading scorer of the OB 1 in Hungary. (szivosmarton.hu, 23 Apr 2010)
Famous relatives
His grandfather and his father both represented Hungary in water polo at the Olympic Games. His grandfather Istvan won a gold medal in both 1952 and 1956, while his father Istvan claimed gold in 1976. (Guardian Unlimited, 05 May 2004)
Other information
He retired from playing for the Hungarian national team after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (nemzetisport.hu, 31 Dec 2016)

At age four he suffered a serious hand injury. "A deck chair leg slipped out of gear somehow and got caught in my hand. It was a pain that ripped my finger out of my hands at the joint." His mother kept calm, disinfected the area and took him to hospital where doctors sewed the finger back on. He does not feel any pain from the childhood injury. (borsonline.hu, 19 Oct 2015)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
5 2012 London, ENG Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
4 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
5 2009 Rome, ITA Team  
2 2007 Melbourne, AUS Team  
2 2005 Montreal, CAN Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2006 Budapest, HUN Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2014 Budapest, HUN Team  
4 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team  
2 2006 Belgrade, SRB Team