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Sport Water Polo
NOC Hungary   
Born09 Sep 1993 in Eger, HUN
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Husband Zoltan
Other names
Dora Abel-Antal
Budapest, HUN
English, Hungarian
Higher education
Psychology - University of California, Berkeley: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age five.
Why this sport?
"My brother played water polo and I wanted to do what he did."
Club / Team
UVSE: Budapest, HUN
Name of coach
Marton Benczur [club], HUN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre forward
General Interest
Dodo (waterpolo.hu, 01 Jul 2017)
Hiking with her dog, kite surfing, travel. (uvse.hu, 01 Jan 2020; Instagram profile, 01 Jan 2020)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Kobe Bryant. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life is an adventure." (Instagram profile, 01 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2014 she was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation [MPSF] Newcomer of the Year while she attended the University of California, Berkeley in the United States of America. (calbears.com, 07 Dec 2014)

She was named the 2012 Outstanding Athlete of Eger in Hungary. (egrivizilabda.hu, 23 Oct 2012)

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

She was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] of the 2012 U19 European Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russian Federation. (calbears.com, 07 Dec 2014)

She was named the 2011 Female Athlete of the Year in Eger, Hungary. (egrivizilabda.hu, 14 Apr 2012)

She received the 2011 Ivan Szalay Award, given to the best junior player of the year in Hungary. (vlv.hu, 22 Apr 2011)
To win a medal at the Olympic Games. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 29 Mar 2018)
Other information
In June 2021 she announced her intention to take a break from competing for the Hungarian national water polo team. "In the last few days, I have decided to quit my national team for a while, and I would like to thank you again for all the good I received from Hungarian water polo." (infostart.hu, 20 Jun 2021)

After she competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London she decided to move to the United States of America to study and play water polo at collegiate level with the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated from the university in 2018. "In the 10th grade I went home and I told my parents that I wanted to try a new environment. I always knew that water polo, especially women's water polo, was really good in the United States. I also wanted to learn English, which is huge, especially if you go back to Hungary and can speak fluently. Both of my parents are teachers and put a big emphasis on academics. The way I came [to California] is after the 2012 Olympic Games I got a phone call from Rich Corso, the previous Cal coach. They made me an offer, and I was literally shocked. I always wanted to come to one of the best academic schools. Berkeley had a really good polo program, and the academics, I don't have to explain that. I said, 'Yes! I'm doing this.'" (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 29 Mar 2018; calbears.com, 01 Jan 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
4 2012 London, ENG Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
9 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
9 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
3 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team