Hungary at the Olympics

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Hungary at the
Olympics
Flag of Hungary.svg
IOC code HUN
NOC Hungarian Olympic Committee
Website www.olimpia.hu  (in Hungarian and English)
Medals
Gold
176
Silver
149
Bronze
173
Total
498
Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Hungary first participated at the Olympic Games at the inaugural 1896 Games, and has sent athletes to compete in most Summer Olympic Games and every Winter Olympic Games since then. The nation was not invited to the 1920 Games for its role in World War I, and was part of the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics.

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Hungarian athletes have won a total of 491 medals at the Summer Games and 7 medals at the Winter Games, with fencing as the top medal-producing sport. Hungary has won more Olympic medals than any other existing nation that has never hosted the Games and has the second highest all time number of gold medals per capita of any nation behind only Finland. [1]

The National Olympic Committee for Hungary is the Hungarian Olympic Committee , and was created and recognized in 1895.

Medal tables

Medals by Olympic Games

Medals by sport

Youth Games medal tables

Athletes with most medals

The Hungarian athletes who won the most medals in the history of the Olympic Games are the fencer Aladár Gerevich and the gymnast Ágnes Keleti.

AthleteSportGames Gold medal olympic.svg Silver medal olympic.svg Bronze medal olympic.svg Total
Aladár Gerevich Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960 71210
Pál Kovács Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960 6017
Rudolf Kárpáti Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960 6006
Ágnes Keleti Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics 1952, 1956 53210
Krisztina Egerszegi Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming 1988, 1992, 1996 5117
Danuta Kozák Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg Kayaking 2008, 2012, 2016 5106
Győző Kulcsár Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976 4026
Tamás Darnyi Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming 1988, 1992 4004
Jenő Fuchs Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 1908, 1912 4004
Katalin Kovács Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg Kayaking 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 3508
Natasa Dusev-Janics Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg Kayaking 2004, 2008, 2012 3216
András Balczó Modern pentathlon pictogram.svg Modern pentathlon 1960, 1968, 1972 3205
Dezső Gyarmati Water polo pictogram.svg Water polo 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964 3115
Katinka Hosszú Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming 2016 3104
Zoltán Kammerer Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg Kayaking 2000, 2004, 2012 3104
Gabriella Szabó Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg Kayaking 2008, 2012, 2016 3104
Tibor Berczelly Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 1936, 1948, 1952 3025
Endre Kabos Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 1932, 1936 3014
György Kárpáti Water polo pictogram.svg Water polo 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964 3014
Tibor Benedek Water polo pictogram.svg Water polo 2000, 2004, 2008 3003
Péter Biros Water polo pictogram.svg Water polo 2000, 2004, 2008 3003
Csaba Fenyvesi Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 1968, 1972 3003
Tamás Kásás Water polo pictogram.svg Water polo 2000, 2004, 2008 3003
Gergely Kiss Water polo pictogram.svg Water polo 2000, 2004, 2008 3003
Tamás Molnár Water polo pictogram.svg Water polo 2000, 2004, 2008 3003
László Papp Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 1948, 1952, 1956 3003
László Rajcsányi Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 1936, 1948, 1952 3003
Botond Storcz Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg Kayaking 2000, 2004 3003
Zoltán Szécsi Water polo pictogram.svg Water polo 2000, 2004, 2008 3003

Notes: in Khaki the athletes still in activity.

Flagbearers

Summary by sport

Aquatics

Swimming

Hungary first competed in swimming at the inaugural 1896 Games, with one swimmer (Alfréd Hajós) winning gold medals in both of the events he entered. Hungary has won the fourth-most gold medals of any nation in swimming (28) and sixth-most total medals (73).

GamesSwimmersEventsGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1896 Athens 12/42002
Total28252073
EventNo. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
GoldSilverBronzeTotalBest finish
Men's 100 metre freestyle23/271896189618963216Gold medal icon.svg (1896, 1904, 1936)
Men's 1200 metre freestyle1/11896189618961001Gold medal icon.svg (1896)

Athletics

Hungary first competed in athletics at the inaugural 1896 Games, with 3 athletes competing in 5 events and winning a silver and two bronze medals. The nation's first gold medal in the sport came in 1900, with Rudolf Bauer's victory in the discus throw.

GamesAthletesEventsGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1896 Athens 35/120123
1900 Paris 913/231012
Total10121840
EventNo. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
GoldSilverBronzeTotalBest finish
Men's 60 metres 2/21900N/AN/A00007–10 (1900)
Men's 100 metres 16/2818961896N/A0011Bronze medal icon.svg (1896)
Men's 200 metres 14/271900N/AN/A00007th (1900, 1908)
Men's 400 metres 14/281900N/AN/A00007th (1928)
Men's 800 metres 16/2818961896N/A0101Silver medal icon.svg (1896)
Men's 110 metres hurdles 12/281896N/AN/A00003rd (1896) [2]
Men's 200 metres hurdles 1/21900N/AN/A000011th (1900)
Men's marathon 15/2818961896N/A0011Bronze medal icon.svg (1896)
Men's long jump 15/2819001952N/A0011Bronze medal icon.svg (1952)
Men's triple jump 12/281896N/AN/A00004th (1896)
Men's high jump 12/2819001900N/A0112Silver medal icon.svg (1908)
Men's pole vault 7/281900N/AN/A00004th (1900)
Men's standing triple jump 1/21900N/AN/A00005th–10th (1900)
Men's shot put 16/2819001964N/A0011Bronze medal icon.svg (1964)
Men's discus throw 21/281900190019001102Gold medal icon.svg (1900)

Fencing

Hungary has won the third-most gold medals and second-most total medals in fencing, in each case behind Italy and France. Hungary has historically been most successful in the sabre events. Hungary's first fencing appearance was in 1900, with 7 fencers including sabreurs who finished 4th and 5th. Hungary has dominated the men's individual sabre, winning half of the gold medals (14 of 28), including a string of 9 consecutive victories from 1924 to 1964 (with an 11-Games podium streak extending further to 1972). Hungary had also won in 1908 and 1912; the streaks might have been 12 and 15 if the nation had not been excluded from the Games in 1920 due to its role in World War I.

GamesFencersEventsGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1900 Paris 74/70000
Total37232787
EventNo. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
GoldSilverBronzeTotalBest finish
Men's sabre24/28190019081908147829Gold medal icon.svg (14 times)
Men's master's épée1/11900N/AN/A000019th (1900)
Men's master's foil1/21900N/AN/A000046th (1900)
Men's masters sabre1/119001900190011029th (1900)

Gymnastics

Hungary sent two gymnasts to the first Games in 1896; they did not medal.

GamesGymnastsEventsGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1896 Athens 25/80000
1900 Paris 21/10000
Total15111440

Artistic

EventNo. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
GoldSilverBronzeTotalBest finish
Men's individual all-around 21/2719001932N/A0101Silver medal icon.svg (1932)
Men's vault 18/2418961948N/A0022Bronze medal icon.svg (1948, 1948)
Men's pommel horse 20/241896193219325005Gold medal icon.svg (5 times)
Men's rings 17/241896199620001102Gold medal icon.svg (2000)
Men's parallel bars 18/2418961932N/A0101Silver medal icon.svg (1932)
Men's horizontal bar 17/241896N/AN/A00004th (1932, 1948)

Tennis

Hungary first competed in tennis at the inaugural 1896 Games, with one player in the men's singles earning a bronze medal. It remains (through the 2016 Games) the only tennis medal won by Hungary.

GamesAthletesEventsGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1896 Athens 11/20011
Total0011
EventNo. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
GoldSilverBronzeTotalBest finish
Men's singles7/1518961896N/A0011Bronze medal icon.svg (1896)

Weightlifting

Hungary first competed in weightlifting at the inaugural 1896 Games, with one lifter competing in one event.

GamesLiftersEventsGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1896 Athens 11/20000
Total29920
EventNo. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
GoldSilverBronzeTotalBest finish
Men's two hand lift1/21896N/AN/A00006th (1896)

Wrestling

Hungary first competed in wrestling at the inaugural 1896 Games, with one wrestler competing in the open weight class event.

GamesWrestlersEventsGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1896 Athens 11/10000
Total19161954

Greco-Roman

EventNo. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
GoldSilverBronzeTotalBest finish
Men's Greco-Roman open1/11896N/AN/A00004th (1896)

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References

  1. "Olympic Medals per Capita". Medalspercapita.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  2. Alajos Szokolyi is officially listed as not starting in the 1896 final, a race in which only two men appeared. Szokolyi is de facto tied for third, but is not recognized as a bronze medalist by the IOC.