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Hungary’s Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Kató Szőke Dies Aged 82

Hungarian swimming legend Katalin Szőke has passed away in her Los Angeles home on 27th of October 2017, news portal index.hu reported. Better known as “Kató Szőke”, she competed at the 1952 Olympics and won two gold medals, in the 100 m and 4 × 100 m freestyle events.

In 1954, Szőke repeated that success at the 1954 European Championships. She also competed in these two events at the 1956 Olympics but without success, however, during her entire career Szőke set four world records. In 1985 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Katalin Szőke was born in Budapest to Márton Homonnai, an Olympic champion in water polo in 1932 and 1936. During World War II, her father was a policeman and a member of the Arrow Cross Party, which supported the Nazis. After the war, fearing prosecution (he was sentenced to death in absentia), he flew via Germany and Brazil to Argentina, where he died in 1969. Meanwhile, his daughter remained in Hungary and took her mother’s name to hide relationship with her father.

In 1956, due to the Soviet intervention in Hungary, Szőke immigrated to the United States. She married an Olympic water polo player Kálmán Markovits, but later divorced him and married his teammate, Árpád Domján. They settled in Los Angeles, where she worked at a bank and did some modelling, while her husband built a successful career in developing office buildings and living apartments. They both adopted a last name of Domyan, and raised a son, Bryan Domyan, who became a basketball player.

via index.hu and wikipedia; featured photo: magyaridok.hu