The Most Famous

ATHLETES from Hungary

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This page contains a list of the greatest Hungarian Athletes. The pantheon dataset contains 3,055 Athletes, 50 of which were born in Hungary. This makes Hungary the birth place of the 17th most number of Athletes behind Canada and Australia.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Hungarian Athletes of all time. This list of famous Hungarian Athletes is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Hungarian Athletes.

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1. Éva Székely (1927 - 2020)

With an HPI of 67.30, Éva Székely is the most famous Hungarian Athlete.  Her biography has been translated into 20 different languages on wikipedia.

Éva Székely (3 April 1927 – 29 February 2020) was a Hungarian swimmer. She won the gold medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki and the silver medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics, set six world records, and won 44 national titles. She held the first world record in the 400 m individual medley in 1953.

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2. Ödön Földessy (1929 - 2020)

With an HPI of 65.45, Ödön Földessy is the 2nd most famous Hungarian Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Ödön Földessy (1 July 1929 – 9 June 2020) was a Hungarian athlete who mainly competed in the long jump. He was born in Békés. He competed for Hungary in the men's long jump event at the 1952 Summer Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland, where he won the bronze medal.He died in Budapest on 9 June 2020.

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3. Aladár Gerevich (1910 - 1991)

With an HPI of 64.77, Aladár Gerevich is the 3rd most famous Hungarian Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 32 different languages.

Aladár Gerevich (16 March 1910 – 14 May 1991) was a Hungarian fencer who was regarded as "the greatest Olympic swordsman ever". He won gold medals in sabre in six Olympics.

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4. György Kárpáti (1935 - 2020)

With an HPI of 63.31, György Kárpáti is the 4th most famous Hungarian Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

György Kárpáti (June 23, 1935 – June 17, 2020) was a Hungarian water polo player who competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics, 1956 Summer Olympics, 1960 Summer Olympics, and 1964 Summer Olympics. He is one of eight male athletes who won four or more Olympic medals in water polo, and one of ten male athletes who won three Olympic gold medals in water polo.

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5. Gyula Kellner (1871 - 1940)

With an HPI of 63.10, Gyula Kellner is the 5th most famous Hungarian Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Gyula Kellner (April 11, 1871 – July 28, 1940) was a Hungarian athlete. He competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens.Kellner was one of 17 athletes to start the marathon race (the first modern Olympic marathon). He finished in fourth place, but when the third-place finisher, Spiridon Belokas, was found to have covered a portion of the race by carriage, Kellner was awarded third place. His time was 3:06.35.

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6. Ibolya Csák (1915 - 2006)

With an HPI of 62.49, Ibolya Csák is the 6th most famous Hungarian Athlete.  Her biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Ibolya Csák (6 January 1915 – 9 February 2006) was a Hungarian athlete. She was born and died in Budapest.

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7. Imre Földi (1938 - 2017)

With an HPI of 61.91, Imre Földi is the 7th most famous Hungarian Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Imre Földi (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈimrɛ ˈføldi]; 8 May 1938 – 23 April 2017) was a Hungarian weightlifter. Competing at a record of five Olympic Games, he won a gold medal in 1972 and silver medals in 1964 and 1968. During his career he set 21 world records, and after his retirement he coached his daughter to become a European champion. Földi earned numerous awards for his results and achievements, most notably he was named Weightlifter of the Century by the International Weightlifting Federation and was elected for Sportsperson of the Nation in Hungary.

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8. Nándor Dáni (1871 - 1949)

With an HPI of 61.02, Nándor Dáni is the 8th most famous Hungarian Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Nándor Dáni was a Hungarian athlete. He competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. He was born on 30 May 1871 in Budapest, and died there on 31 December 1949.Dáni competed in the 800 metres, taking second place in his preliminary heat to advance to the final. There, he again finished behind Edwin Flack of Australia, the same runner who had beaten him in the first round. Dáni's time in the final was 2:11.8, less than a second behind Flack's 2:11.0 time.

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9. Rudolf Bauer (1879 - 1932)

With an HPI of 59.84, Rudolf Bauer is the 9th most famous Hungarian Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Rezső ("Rudolf") Bauer (2 January 1879 – 9 November 1932) was a Hungarian athlete and the winner of the gold medal in the men's discus throw at the 1900 Summer Olympics. He won with 36.04 metres, a new Olympic record.

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10. Gyula Zsivótzky (1937 - 2007)

With an HPI of 59.62, Gyula Zsivótzky is the 10th most famous Hungarian Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Gyula Zsivótzky (25 February 1937 – 29 September 2007) was a Hungarian hammer thrower. He won a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics, silvers in 1960 and 1964, and finished fifth in 1972. Zsivótzky set two world record: one in 1965 and the other at the 1968 Olympics. He was twice elected as Hungarian Sportsman of the Year: in 1965, after winning at the Summer Universiade, and in 1968, for his Olympic gold medal. Zsivótzky retired in 1973 and later worked in the clothing industry. He remained involved with athletics as an administrator, becoming a member of the Hungarian Olympic Committee and vice-president of his athletic club Újpesti TE. He married Magdolna Komka, an Olympic high jumper. One of his sons is decathlete Attila Zsivoczky, the other is football player Gyula Zsivóczky Jr..Zsivótzky died from cancer in his native Budapest, aged 70.

Pantheon has 50 people classified as athletes born between 1871 and 1995. Of these 50, 25 (50.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living athletes include Miklós Németh, Zoltán Horváth, and András Balczó. The most famous deceased athletes include Éva Székely, Ödön Földessy, and Aladár Gerevich. As of October 2020, 17 new athletes have been added to Pantheon including Éva Székely, Ödön Földessy, and György Kárpáti.

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