Hungary’s passion for sports showed in the effort athletes put into this year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Having a significantly lower population to draw competitors from compared to leading nations, we can be proud of the 511 medals (181 of them gold) we have accumulated over the years, making us one of the leading nations in the Olympics per capita.
Tokyo 2020 brought Hungarians together in a surprisingly excellent manner. It would be reasonable to say that the determination and the exceptional performances of our athletes felt like a burst of motivational fresh air following the stress and negativity that surrounded the pandemic.
Hungary has successfully secured six gold, seven silver, and seven bronze medals. With all the accomplishments this year, it is a good idea to look back and watch the rewards of the countless hours of training our athletes put themselves through.
Áron Szilágyi (left) lunges at Italy’s Luigi Samele for the gold medal in men’s individual sabre fencing. Szilágyi made Olympic history as the first person ever to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals in men’s saber fencing. (Photo: Tibor Illyés/MTI)
Another excellent achievement was made by Aida Mohamed. Participating in the women’s foil team in Tokyo, her seventh Olympics, she became the Hungarian athlete with the record for most Olympic appearances. (Photo: Tibor Illyés/MTI)
Krisztián Tóth was bursting with contentment after winning bronze in men’s Judo (Photo: Zsolt Czeglédi/MTI)
Kristóf Milák during his gold medal swim in men’s 200 meter butterfly, breaking Michael Phelps’ record with a time of 1:51.25. (Photo: Tamás Kovács/MTI)
Sailing Finn, Zsombor Berecz set a record as the first ever athlete to win Hungary silver in sailing at the Olympics. Berecz finished only three points short of gold medalist Giles Scott. (Photo: Zsolt Czeglédi/MTI)
Bálint Kopasz (left) won Hungary gold in 1000 meter kayaking, the first since 1968. Ádám Varga (right) followed right behind him with a silver medal finish. (Photo: Tamás Kovács/MTI)
Sándor Tótka won Hungary’s very first Olympic gold medal in 200-meter kayaking, possibly the last ever, since 200-meter events will not return at the next Olympics. (Photo: Tamás Kovács/MTI)
Tamara Csipes won Hungary silver in women’s 500 meter kayak singles with a time of 1:51.855. (Photo: Tamás Kovács/MTI)
Danuta Kozák and Dóra Bodonyi maintained the streak of Hungarian successes in kayaking, finishing third in the finals of the women’s 500 meter doubles. (Photo: Tamás Kovács/MTI)
Marathon swimmers Kristóf Rasovszky and Anna Olasz had excellent performances at the Olympics. Rasovszky finished first in men’s 10km swimming while Olasz finished fourth in women’s 10km, well beyond her expectations. (Photo: Zsolt Czeglédi/MTI)
Tamás Lőrincz after defeating Kyrgyzstan’s Akzhol Makhmudov in men’s 77kg Greco-Roman wrestling. Lőrincz was able to win gold in the final Olympic bout of his career. (Photo: Tibor Illyés/MTI)
Viktor Lőrincz was able to secure a silver medal finish in men’s 87kg Greco-Roman wrestling. Tamás Lőrincz left Tokyo with his first gold, while Viktor Lőrincz left with his first silver. (Photo: Tibor Illyés/MTI)
Karateka Gábor Hárspataki (in blue) won bronze in men’s 75 kg kumite karate. This was the first time the event was included at the Olympics. (Photo: Tamás Kovács/MTI)
Sarolta Kovács won bronze in women’s modern pentathlon, Hungary’s first podium finish since 2004. (Photo: Zsolt Czeglédi/MTI)
Despite not making it into the final, the Hungarian women’s water polo team showed exceptional heart throughout, and was able to secure a third place finish in their final game against Russia, their first ever Olympic medal. (Photo: Tamás Kovács/MTI)
Hungary’s men’s water polo team prior to their game against Spain, which they were able to win 9-5, securing them a bronze medal. (Photo: Tibor Illyés/MTI)
Coming together for the women’s kayaking four 500 meters, the Hungarian team of Danuta Kozák, Tamara Csipes, Anna Kárász, and Dóra Bodonyi won gold for the third time in a row. (Photo: Tamás Kovács/MTI)
In the featured photo: Áron Szilágyi after winning the gold medal in men’s individual sabre fencing. Szilágyi made Olympic history as the first person ever to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals in men’s saber fencing. (Photo: Tibor Illyés/MTI)