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Rita KESZTHELYI
Sport Water Polo
NOC Hungary   
GenderWomen
Born10 Dec 1991 in Budapest, HUN
Height1.78 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Peter Nagy
Residence
Budapest, HUN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Hungarian
Higher education
Marketing, Sports Management - Budapest Business School: Hungary
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up water polo at age 10.
Why this sport?
She followed her father into the sport. "My parents never said it was mandatory for my brother and I to be water polo players. Initially the only goal was not to sit idle at home after school, but to play sports. The number one consideration was to learn to swim well. Then during a training camp I was asked to play water polo. I went to swimming and water polo training at the same time, but then my parents reasoned with me of how many more options there was in water polo."
Club / Team
UVSE : Budapest, HUN
Name of coach
Marton Benczur [club], HUN; Attila Biro [national], HUN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Driver, Wing
Handedness
Right
International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
Hungary
General Interest
Nicknames
Ri (Facebook profile, 11 Jun 2015)
Hero / Idol
Hungarian water polo players Daniel Varga and Denes Varga. (bomalapitvany.hu, 21 Mar 2015)
Awards and honours
She was presented with the Top Scorer Award at the 2020 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary, after she scored 28 goals. (wp2020budapest.com, 26 Jan 2020)

She was named on the All-Star team at the world championships in 2015, 2017 and 2019. (fina.org, 28 Jul 2017; waterpoloworld.com, 07 Aug 2015)

She was voted Hungarian Female Player of the Year six times. (vlv.hu 20 Dec 2016; vizipolo.hu, 15 Dec 2015; waterpolo.hu, 10 Dec 2014; sport.hir24.hu, 26 Dec 2013; delmagyar.hu, 02 Jan 2012; jochapress.hu, 09 May 2019)

She was named on the All-Star team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (24.hu, 19 Aug 2016)

She was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] of the 2014/15 OB 1 league in Hungary. (waterpolo.hu, 23 May 2015)

She named on the All-Star team at the 2014 World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russian Federation. (FINA, 17 Aug 2014)

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

She received the 2009 Ivan Szalay Award, given to the best junior player of the year in Hungary. (vlv.hu, 29 Apr 2009)
Famous relatives
Her father Tibor has represented Hungary in water polo, and competed at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Aug 2018; waterpolo.hu, 30 Dec 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (jochapress.hu, 09 May 2019)
Other information
TRAINING WITH BOYS
From age 14 she began to regularly train with the boys team [U18] as the sport was still less people with girls at the time. "When I started water polo there were far fewer girls playing the sport. Until I was 20, I regularly attended their training sessions, playing very often in their teams. I thank them a lot, because they were quickly accepted me. They never made me realise that I was 'just' a girl. They contributed greatly to my development." (origo.hu, 28 Dec 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
4 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
4 2012 London, ENG Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
5 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
9 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
9 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
7 2009 Rome, ITA Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
4 2018 Barcelona, ESP Team  
1 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
3 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
5 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team