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BUDA-PAST: SPORTS AND ATHLETES OF BUDAPEST

Do you know which sport complex of Budapest can be seen on this vintage photograph and approximately when it was taken? Do you know what is the function of this complex and where is it?

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The building is named after the “Hungarian Dolphin”… do you know who was that? He was the first-ever Olympic swimming champion, and the first Hungarian Olympic gold medalist. He won his medals in the 100-meter freestyle (1:22.2), and the 1200-meter freestyle (18:22.2). Moreover, he was the planner architect of this building.

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Probably, Katinka Hossszú had her trainings in this sport complex too…

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Answer: Line by line; You can see on the vintage picture the Hajós Alfréd National Swimming Pool of Budapest in the Margaret Island. The photo was taken in 1930. The “Hungarian Dolphin” was not only a swimmer but he was also a great Hungarian architect called Alfréd Hajós.  Hajós, as an architect was specializing in sport facilities. The building on the vintage picture is the  best known sports facility designed by Hajós is the swimming stadion built on Margitsziget (Margaret Island) in the Danube in Budapest, which was built in 1930.

via: ilyenisvoltbudapest.hu; mnsk.hu; americanhungarianfederation.org

photos: ilyenisvoltbudapest.hu; americanhungarianfederation.org; mnsk.hu