Triathlete Bence Bicsák brought Hungary’s best ever performance in the sport, after coming in 7th at the men’s race held on Monday morning.
Bicsák far surpassed both Nóra Edöncsény who placed 19th in Sydney among women, and Gábor Faldum’s performance (20th place among men in Rio, 2016).
It only adds to his merits that he was competing with an injured left knee. While the first three were way ahead of the rest of the contestants, Bicsák was reportedly in for 4th place. “Sure, I regret it a bit that I didn’t overtake them, but I gave my all,” Bicsák said after the race.
“This seventh place means a lot to me, we’ve been through so much, so much suffering over the last year and a half … I haven’t been able to train normally in the last month either because my knee was injured- five days before the Olympics I wasn’t even sure I could participate at all. I can’t tell how I’m feeling…,” he commented to Nemzeti Sport.
As for his injured knee- at the race course’s inspection held days earlier, he could not even follow the others due to the pain he was feeling, he also explained to the sports daily, adding that fortunately, during the race he didn’t feel pain.
The other Hungarian, Tamás Tóth, finished 29th.
In other news, Hedvig Karakas, one of the favorites
of the women’s 57kg category in judo, was eliminated in the first round, finishing the Olympics a lot earlier than previously expected.
Featured photo by Zsolt Czeglédi/MTI