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Hungarian Water Polo Player and Doctor András Bodnár Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame

Tom Szigeti 2017.09.07.

Olympic Gold-medal-winning Hungarian water polo player András Bodnár has officially been inducted into the 2017 class of the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) following a ceremony on August 25th.

Bodnár, whose induction was first announced in March, joined fellow athletes from around the world, including French swimmer Alain Bernard (pictured above) at a ceremony in Florida.

In addition to inducting Bodnár into the Hall, the ISHOF also produced a video about the water polo player’s life, which you can view below:

As Swimming World Magazine reports, at time Bodnár’s induction was announced, Hungarian Water Polo President Dénes Kemény said that

We are so proud of Andras’ induction…Because after so many Hungarian water polo players in the Hall of Fame (19), we have one more honoree. And there is no doubt about his greatness!

Born in 1942 in Uzhhorod (Ungvár) in what is today Ukraine, Bodnár grew up swimming and playing water polo. He would represent Hungary four times in the Olympics, in 1960, 1964, 1968, and 1970. During his Olympic years, the Hungarian water polo team won two bronze medals, one silver, and one gold. In addition, in 1973 he won a world championship.

András Bodnár in his water polo days (Photo: MTI/waterpolo.hu)

In addition to his sports successes, Bodnár would go on to have a successful medical career. After earning his degree in 1968, he served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery until 1985, when he was promoted to head of surgery at Budapest’s Bajcsy Hospital.

A plaque commemorating András Bodnár’s induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (Photo: olimpia.hu)

In total, 37 Hungarians have been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame since its foundation in 1965. The Hall of Fame is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Via swimmingworldmagazine.com, ishof.com, index.hu, nepszava.hu, and olimpia.hu

Images via olimpia.hu and swimmingworldmagazine.com

Video via Swimming Hall of Fame YouTube Channel

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