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Balázs HÁRAI
Sport Water Polo
NOC Hungary   
Born05 Apr 1987 in Budapest, HUN
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Partner Alexandra, daughter Elizabeth Rose [2019]
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 played football at youth level [U10] with Ferencvaros TC before deciding to switch to water polo due to his physique.
Club / Team
Orvosegyetem SC: Budapest, HUN
Name of coach
Daniel Varga [club], HUN; Tamas Marcz [national], HUN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre forward
General Interest
Pufi (vlv.hu, 21 Jun 2018)
Hero / Idol
Hungarian water polo player Tibor Benedek. (olimpia.hu, 11 Jun 2016)
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)
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (Instagram profile, 30 Dec 2021; eurosport.hu, 04 Nov 2021)

 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
7 2022 Budapest, HUN Team  
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