Tibor Benedek

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Tibor Benedek
Personal information
Born(1972-07-12)12 July 1972
Budapest, Hungary [1]
Died 18 June 2020(2020-06-18) (aged 47)
Budapest, Hungary
Nationality Hungarian
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position Wing
Handedness Left
Youth career
1980–0000
KSI
Senior clubs
YearsTeam
0000–1989
KSI
1989–1996
UTE-Office & Home
1996–2001
INA Assitalia Roma
2001–2004
Pro Recco
2004–2007
Domino-BHSE
2006
Sliema (Summer League)
2007–2012
Pro Recco
National team
YearsTeamApps
1990–2008
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 384
Teams coached
2010–2012
Hungary (assistant)
2013–2016
Hungary
2018–2020
UVSE-Hunguest Hotels

Tibor Benedek (12 July 1972 – 18 June 2020) was a Hungarian water polo player and coach, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He played on the gold medal squads at the 2000 Summer Olympics, 2004 Summer Olympics and 2008 Summer Olympics. Benedek also competed at the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics, where the Hungarian team placed 6th and 4th, respectively.

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Benedek was the head coach of Hungary men's national water polo team between 2013 and 2016. [2]

Benedek was named Hungarian Water Polo Player of the Year in 1992, 1993 and 1994. He made his debut for the national side in 1990. His father, Miklós Benedek, is an actor.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest water polo players of all time, [3] Benedek ranks second on the all-time scoring list in Olympic history, with 65 goals. He was the joint top goalscorer at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, with 22 goals, and the top goalscorer at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, with 19 goals. Benedek is the ninth player to compete in water polo at five Olympics, and one of ten male athletes who won three Olympic gold medals in water polo. [1] In 2016, he was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame. [4]

Tibor Benedek died on 18 June 2020 due to pancreatic cancer. His death was announced by the Hungarian Water Polo Federation. [5]

Honours

As player

National

384 present in the national team of Hungary

  • Junior World Championships: (Bronze medal – 1991)
  • Junior European Championship: (Bronze medal – 1990)
  • Youth European Championship: (Gold medal – 1989)

Club

Újpest(UTE-Primavera, UTE-Office & Home)

Racing Roma(INA Assitalia Roma)

Pro Recco

  • Scudetto.svg Italian Championship (1x): 2001–02
  • LEN Euroleague (1x): 2002–03

Bp. Honvéd(Domino-BHSE)

Pro Recco(Ferla Pro Recco)

As head coach

Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (2013–2016)

Awards

Orders

See also

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References

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