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Balázs HÁRAI
Sport Water Polo
NOC Hungary   
GenderMen
Born05 Apr 1987 in Budapest, HUN
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Alexandra, daughter Elizabeth Rose [2019]
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Hungarian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo at age 10.
Why this sport?
He was originally involved in football at youth level [U10] with Ferencvaros TC before deciding to switch to water polo due to his body size.
Club / Team
Orvosegyetem SC: Budapest, HUN
Name of coach
Daniel Varga [club], HUN; Tamas Marcz [national], HUN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre forward
Handedness
Right
General Interest
Nicknames
Pufi (vlv.hu, 21 Jun 2018)
Hobbies
Fishing, football, playing the piano. (vlv.hu, 01 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Hungarian water polo player Tibor Benedek. (olimpia.hu, 11 Jun 2016)
Injuries
A shoulder injury affected his performances in the early part of the 2014/15 season. (index.hu, 03 Sep 2015)

In December 2012 he suffered from periostitis in his right wrist, an inflammatory condition affecting connective tissue. He required surgery, which ruled him out of action for six weeks. (nemzetisport.hu, 28 Dec 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2015 and 2016 he was named Hungarian Male Player of the Year by the Hungarian Water Polo Association. (egrisztorik.hu, 23 Dec 2016; waterpolo.hu, 15 Dec 2015)

In 2012 he received the Silver Cross of Merit of Hungary [civil division]. (sport.hir24.hu, 17 Sep 2012)

In 2011 he received a Junior Prima Sports Award, which is given for outstanding performance by a person under the age of 30 in Hungary. (honved-vizilabda.hu, 2011)

He received the 2005 Ivan Szalay Award, which is presented to the best junior player of the year in Hungary. (vlv.hu, 13 May 2013)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
5 2012 London, ENG Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
2 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
6 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
4 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
5 2009 Rome, ITA Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
3 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
2 2014 Budapest, HUN Team  
3 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
4 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team