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 after World War I, and it was forced to participate in the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics. Hungarian athletes have won a total of 476 medals at the Summer Games and 6 medals at the Winter Games, with fencing as the top medal-producing sport. Hungary has won more Olympic medals than any other nation that has never hosted the Games. Hungary is also the most successful football team in the history of Olympics. The National Olympic Committee for Hungary is the Hungarian Olympic Committee, and was created and recognized in 1895.
A Little History
Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, Slovenia to the west, Austria to the northwest, and Ukraine to the northeast. The country's capital and largest city is Budapest. Hungary is a member of the European Union, NATO, the OECD, the Visegrád Group, and the Schengen Area. The official language is Hungarian, which is the most widely spoken non-Indo-European language in Europe.
Following centuries of successive habitation by Celts, Romans, Huns, Slavs, Gepids and Avars, the foundation of Hungary was laid in the late 9th-century by the Hungarian grand prince Árpád in the Honfoglalás ("homeland-conquest"). His great-grandson Stephen I ascended to the throne in 1000 CE, converting the country to a Christian kingdom. By the 12th century, Hungary became a middle power within the Western world, reaching a golden age by the 15th century. Following the Battle of Mohács in 1526 and about 150 years of partial Ottoman occupation (1541–1699), Hungary came under Habsburg rule, and later formed a significant part of the Austro–Hungarian Empire (1867–1918).
Hungary's current borders were first established by the Treaty of Trianon (1920) after World War I, when the country lost 71% of its territory, 58% of its population, and 32% of ethnic Hungarians. Following the interwar period, Hungary joined the Axis Powers in World War II, suffering significant damage and casualties. Hungary came under the influence of the Soviet Union, which contributed to the establishment of a four-decade-long communist dictatorship (1947–1989). The country gained widespread international attention regarding the Revolution of 1956 and the seminal opening of its previously-restricted border with Austria in 1989, which accelerated the collapse of the Eastern Bloc.
On 23 October 1989, Hungary again became a democratic parliamentary republic, and today has a high-income economy with a very high Human Development Index.
Hungary is a popular tourist destination attracting 10.675 million tourists a year (2013). It is home to the largest thermal water cave system, the second-largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grasslands in Europe (the Hortobágy National Park).
Hungarian Olympic Triathlon Team
Here are the confirmed Hungarian triathletes to participate at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Click on the athletes social media icons to read more about them.
Gabor Faldum Triathlete
Gabor Faldum was born on June 24, 1988 in Baja, Hungary. In 2013, he finished in fourth place at the Latin American Continental Cup, a year after the London Olympics.
View full results history of Gabor Faldum Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Zsofia Kovacs Triathlete
Zsofia Kovacs was born on February 7, 1988 in Gyöngyös, Hungary. She was best Hungarian female triathlete at the Tiszaújváros World Cup during the year of 2011.
View full results history of Zsofia Kovacs Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Tamás Tóth Triathlete
Tamás Tóth was born on May 29, 1989 in Budapest, Hungary. In the four years from 2007 to 2010, Tóth took part in 20 ITU competitions and achieved 4 top ten positions. He also particpated at the European Cup in Quarteira, 2011.
View full results history of Tamás Tóth Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Margit Vanek Triathlete
Margit Vanek was born on February 25, 1986 in Budaörs, Hungary. From 2006 to 2010, Vanek took part in 21 ITU triathlons and achieved four top ten positions. she also was the 2010 Aquathlon World Champion.
View full results history of Margit Vanek Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Hungarian Paralympic Triathlon Team
Here are the confirmed Hungarian paratriathlete to participate at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Click on the athlete social media icons to read more about him.
Peter Boronkay Paratriathlete
Peter Boronkay was born on June 26, 1981 in Kecskemét, Hungary. Started as a swimmer at the age of 6 for health reasons but started to enter competitions soon. Quali?ed to the European Championship in 1999 and to the World Championship in 2002. After missing the qualification to the Athens Paralimpics, changed his focus and moved into triathlon, where he achieved immediate success.
View full results history of Peter Boronkay Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Since making their Olympic debut at Sydney 2000, triathletes have been pushing themselves to the limit in swimming, cycling and running, with the first to the finish line taking gold. There will be men’s and women’s individual events in Copacabana.
Hungarian Triathlon Association.
The International Triathlon Union was founded one year later, on April 1, 1989, at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France. A total of 30 National Federations attended the initial Congress and preparations were made for the sport’s first World Championships to be held in Avignon in August of 1989. At this meeting the Olympic distance was set at a 1.5-km swim, 40-km bike and 10-km run. More than 800 athletes representing 40 countries competed in the first World Championships. Canada’s Les McDonald was elected as ITU’s first president in 1989.